Dr. Yvonne Blanchard Freeman
ED.D, Ph.D. ABD
Tapestry Coaching and Counseling Alliance
Dr. Freeman is CEO, Tapestry Coaching and Counseling Alliance. She is certified as a Counselor; Life and Career Coach. Her professional background is in education, psychology, Space Science education, curriculum and program design, implementation and management; non profit leadership, instruction and professional development, philanthropy, civil rights, diversity and equal employment and education opportunity. She also serves as a partner at the Alliance for Global Education and Leadership Inc, AGEL, an education, leadership and policy development organization that partners with and supports a global network of educators and administrators to discover, adapt, share, exchange and integrate best educational practices in classrooms in Asia, Israel, Africa, the United States and Latin America in teaching Science, Mathematics, Arts, Reading, and Technology (SMART-STEM) for all students in a globally connected, technology dependent world. AGEL enables educators dedicated to instruction and professional development to develop teaching competencies that celebrate diversity and new paradigms for teaching and reaching all children.
As a former Executive Director of a national Non Profit organization, she pioneered a number of signature STEM education and science literacy programs for students and the united teaching professions enhancing a legacy of excellence with a large constituent of public and private sector partners.
Dr. Freeman has served as Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Integra Ventures, Inc, responsible for developing a corporate business base in educational research and program development. Collaborated with medical faculty and colleagues at the Morehouse School of Medicine in the design of diagnostic technologies and training protocols that support telemedicine as a tool to improve medical and health care management; Vice President for Science and Technology, Morehouse School of Medicine; Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Clark Atlanta University; and Associate Administrator for Equal Opportunity Programs, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA. She has been: Manager of the Minority Science and Engineering Initiatives Office at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; Manager of NASA’s Minority University Program; Special Assistant to the Director, Civil Rights, Office of Advocacy and Enterprise, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Education Officer, Africa Bureau, Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State; Deputy Director, Minority Research and Teaching Programs, Office of Grants and Program Systems, USDA; appointed first Chief, University Affairs Staff, USDA, Office of Equal Opportunity; Assistant Superintendent for Administration in the Montclair (New Jersey) Public Schools; Assistant Director, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, NCATE; and Post Doctoral Policy Fellow, Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), Education Policy Fellowship Program EPFP at George Washington University.
As NASA Associate Administrator from 1993 to 1996, Dr. Freeman, a member of the Senior Executive Service was the highest ranking African American female in NASA in the United States during her tenure. She provided executive leadership in the development of equal employment and education opportunity policy and programs and established state of the art Research Centers in Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and other institutions with demonstrated commitment to addressing the under-representation of minority, women and differently -abled populations in STEM disciplines and careers in the U.S .She managed $120 million NASA Education Enterprise and established Research Centers of Excellence, Faculty Research Awards programs, Undergraduate and Graduate Researcher programs and grant awards to the K-16 pubic- private education community.
She received the BA degree from Fisk University, Master of Education from Loyola University at Los Angeles, Doctor of Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Christian Counseling, ABD. She is a graduate of the Executive Management in Business Administration Program at UCLA, John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management, and holds honorary doctorates from Bowie State University, Maryland (Humane Letters); University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Laws); and North Carolina A&T State University (Humanities). Her honors include the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education Leadership Award, the Morehouse College Presidential Award of Distinction, and NASA’s Group Achievement Award, Senior Executive Distinguished Service Award, and NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership. She was recognized by Black Engineer Magazine in 2005 as among 50 Most Important Blacks in Technology and in 2006 among 100 Most Important Blacks in Technology. Received the Tuskegee University 2007 Award of Excellence for the NASA Center for Food and Environmental Systems for Human Exploration of Space. Dr. Freeman is a certified teacher, counselor, school administrator; Life and Career Coach. She partners with and serves on a number of national Boards.