Todd Yeatts. Courtesy fo IALR.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research has announced that Todd M. Yeatts will become Executive Vice President, Manufacturing Advancement, effective Oct. 3, 2022. Yeatts most recently served as Senior Manager for Government Operations for The Boeing Company in Arlington and brings decades of experience in government and public affairs, strategic communications and economic development. He will lead IALR’s growing Manufacturing Advancement division and will report directly to IALR President Telly D. Tucker.

“I am delighted to welcome Todd to the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and know that he will bring a wealth of knowledge, insight and leadership,” said Tucker in a statement. “As we continue to serve as a regional catalyst for economic transformation, Todd’s unique background will help advance Southern Virginia’s role as a leading hub of advanced manufacturing. Maintaining strategic relationships with government, industry, education and technology stakeholders will help provide critical support and awareness, especially as we grow our training programs to serve not only our regional workforce but national and defense industrial base needs as well.” 

In addition to overseeing the manufacturing advancement training programs of IALR, Yeatts will also oversee the operation and strategic direction of the new Center for Manufacturing Advancement (CMA), which is expected to open this year. The CMA will offer resources, space and technology for manufacturers to innovate and integrate emerging technology into their processes; assist expanding and new companies; and develop an industry 4.0 training capability. 

While at Boeing, Yeatts conducted program advocacy and awareness campaigns, managed congressional site visits, provided legislative testimony and served as the primary contact for elected and appointed government officials. Prior to that role, Yeatts served Boeing as the Regional Communication Manager for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems in St. Louis, Missouri, following a 19-month assignment in Iraq as Director of Strategic Communications for a team based in Baghdad. He is a retired 25-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. 

In addition to his military service, he has worked in state government as the Director of Communications for the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission. Yeatts also has served as Military Aide-de-Camp for Virginia Governors Warner, Kaine and McDonnell and has received appointments from Governors McAuliffe, Northam and Youngkin to the Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Council. 

Yeatts’ local government experience includes serving as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Danville, where he initially served as the Director of Legislative and Public Affairs. Prior to that, he was the Legislative Liaison to the Virginia General Assembly for the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. 

Yeatts serves on a variety of boards and commissions, including the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation – Unmanned Systems Advisory Board, the Virginia Aviation Business Association, the GO Virginia Region 7 Economic Development Commission, the Arlington County Economic Development Commission, the Arlington Military and Veteran Affairs Committee and the Averett University Board of Trustees. He is the current Chair of Go Virginia Region 7 and was the 2016 Chair of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. 

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research serves Virginia as a regional catalyst for economic transformation through applied research, advanced learning, advanced manufacturing, conference center services and economic development efforts. IALR’s major footprint focuses within Southern Virginia, including the counties of Patrick, Henry, Franklin, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Mecklenburg along with the cities of Martinsville and Danville. For more information, visit