Chief Public Affairs Officer
WellCare Health Plans
Rhonda was named senior vice president, chief public affairs officer in August 2016. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s strategic communications; public policy; corporate social responsibility; philanthropy, diversity and inclusion; employee volunteerism; and brand management. Most recently, Rhonda served as the managing director of corporate social responsibility at Paul Hastings, LLP. She had oversight of the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy; charitable giving; pro bono and volunteer efforts; and environmental sustainability. Prior to that, she served as senior vice president of corporate responsibility and chief diversity officer for ING U.S./Voya Financial and president of the ING U.S./Voya Foundation. She previously served as ING U.S./Voya Financial PAC treasurer, ethics officer and conducted government affairs on behalf of the company. Rhonda has also had an extensive legal career, which includes roles with the U.S. Department of Justice, the National District Attorney Association’s American Prosecutor’s Research Institute, and the South Carolina Office of Attorney General. Rhonda serves as the chairman emeritus of The Executive Leadership Council, president of the Thirty Percent Coalition and member of the Citizens Committee for Children in New York. She has been acknowledged with numerous awards including CSR Executive of the Year, Top 100 Blacks in Corporate America, and recognized as Woman of the Year by multiple organizations. Rhonda holds a juris doctor degree and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina.