Yadira Holmes is a driven policy wonk, with a love of people and projects. She currently serves as the Director of Government Relations for Consumer Direct Care Network (CDCN). Yadira is responsible for all federal and state government affairs throughout their fourteen-state network. In this role, she works closely with program and operation teams to protect business interests and engage with local and national stakeholders to advocate on behalf of those CDCN serves.
Yadira brings extensive experience and a strong community vision to her work. She is a Jill-of-all trades who never shirks from new challenges. Instead, she embraces opportunities to learn and grow. Throughout her career, she has provided strategic direction and advocacy services to leadership teams, served as a company spokesperson for media requests, and coordinated community initiatives. Yadira has held positions in state and federal government as well as the non-profit sector and has a substantial background in community and public relations, legislative advocacy, marketing, and communications.
Showcasing her great commitment to public service, Yadira is a member of the national ANCOR Board of Directors. ANCOR is a leading advocate in support of service providers and the role they play in enriching the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
Yadira is active in her local community, managing several charitable events to promote unique and diverse cultural options and programs. Most recently serving as Board President of Swan City Soccer Club, a non-profit youth soccer organization serving more than 2,000 children annually. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, as an Advisory Board member for the Achievement Academy of Lakeland and is a graduate of Leadership Lakeland Class XXXI.
Yadira earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Florida State University and a master’s degree in political management from the George Washington University. She is a loyal and ardent fan of both of her alma maters.
When not working or volunteering, Yadira is the ultimate soccer mom, traversing Florida with her three soccer players. On the rare moments she does get time to herself, Yadira enjoys reading, traveling, music, and sports. She is fanatical about the Florida State Seminoles, the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs, and US and Premier League soccer.