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Dr. DeRetta Cole Rhodes

Executive Vice President & Chief Culture Officer at Atlanta Braves

Watch our interview with Dr. DeRetta Cole Rhodes.

DeRetta Rhodes, Ph.D. is the Executive Vice President & Chief Culture Officer of the Atlanta Braves, overseeing people capital initiatives, communications and community affairs for the Braves, The Battery Atlanta and team’s Spring Training facility operations.

Prior to joining the Braves, Rhodes was the Executive Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Vice President of Human Resources at First Data, Vice President of Human Resources for Turner Broadcasting and held leadership positions at Ernst & Young, ADP, and YUM Brand.

Rhodes received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, her master’s in business administration from Clark Atlanta University, and her Ph.D. in adult education from the University of Georgia. 

Rhodes completed her Ted Talk (TEDxUGA) in 2018 and has been recognized as 100 Women of Influence (2020, 2021, 2022) by Atlanta Business Chronicle, and National Diversity & Leadership Top 100 HR Professionals (2022), to name a few.

She serves on several boards such as Executive Board Member of the Atlanta Braves Foundation, Vice Chair of Goodwill of North Georgia, Board Chair of 21st Century Leaders and Trustee Member, Governing Board Member and HR & Compensation Chair of the Woodruff Arts Center, to name a few.

Dr. Rhodes lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Leon and has three sons: Cole, Austin and Jordan.