Headshot of Yolanda Hutchins, SPHR, SHRM, M.A., the Chief People Officer at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Yolanda Hutchins, SPHR, SHRM, M.A., is the Chief People Officer at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Hutchins leads all aspects of PCORI’s people strategy and human resources (HR) operations, providing strategic direction to PCORI’s People Strategy & Services functions and advancing a culture grounded in the organization’s commitment to collaboration; teamwork; and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

She previously served as a deputy vice president and head of talent acquisition, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the employee experience for PhRMA, a nonprofit trade association for several of the leading biopharmaceutical research companies, where she oversaw several key HR functions. Previously, as a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, she served as the senior HR manager overseeing all HR functions for a variety of large and complex accounts to include commercial, cybersecurity and infrastructure. She began her career in financial services with Citigroup, leaving the organization as a vice president, divisional HR manager.

Hutchins holds a master’s degree from Columbia University in organizational psychology, a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in journalism, and an executive certification from Georgetown University in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Hutchins is a sought-after HR leader, receiving corporate and industry awards and membership requests because of her expertise and thought leadership.

Hutchins has been married to her husband for 24 years and they have a 16-year-old daughter.

Memberships – Past and Present

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Iota Lambda Omega chapter.
  • Chief, Inc, DC chapter co-founder.
  • National Association of Corporate Directors.
  • Harvard Business Review Advisory Council.
  • George Washington University’s Advisory Council for Transformative Leadership.


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