Beyond Finance, one of the nation’s leading and innovative debt consolidation and resolution organizations announced Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer Yolanda Schufford has been honored by Ragan Communications as part of its Top Women in Communications Class of 2024.
Her distinction in the Bridge Builder category celebrates Schufford’s successes in the industry that assists consumers with resolving their debt. Moreover, Ragan recognizes her ability to establish meaningful relationships with internal and external stakeholders on behalf of Beyond Finance.
“I am immensely grateful to be honored among these accomplished women who are moving our profession forward,” said Schufford. “This recognition underscores the collective achievements and expertise of women in communications who are paving the way for future leaders and inspiring diversity and innovation.”
Schufford joined Beyond Finance in 2020 as one of its core executives. She oversees government relations, manages lobbyists in key states and develops strategies to protect and encourage good policy for the debt resolution industry. Additionally, she manages external partnerships and leads a team of professionals focusing on external and internal communications for the organization and its clients nationwide.
She remains active in the debt resolution sector as a board member of the American Association for Debt Resolution, the industry’s leading trade organization, and Women of Debt Relief, a nonprofit organization that brings women together in financial services for networking and continuing education.
“Yolanda has been a force in this industry, specifically as she works diligently with lobbyists and policymakers to ensure everyone struggling with debt has an opportunity to move beyond it,” said Beyond Finance Chief Operations Officer Lou Antonelli. “It’s exciting to have someone of Yolanda’s stature help us fulfill our mission of moving people beyond debt and transforming their lives.”
In her personal time, Schufford works to provide opportunities for others to grow personally and professionally. She leads a ministry that offers a safe environment for women to develop, connect, and progress towards a better future. Schufford is also a board member of Mentoring Brother2Brother, a nonprofit organization her husband founded that mentors young African-American men. And, she is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
A celebratory luncheon for the honorees will be held in New York City on Feb. 29, 2024, to commemorate this year’s accomplished Top Women in Communications Class.