In her role as Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development for WETA TV in Arlington, Virginia Iris Drayton-Spann develops, builds and maintains a strategic human resources function that supports WETA’s business strategy; aligning policy and programs with the organizations strategic plan, mission, values and culture. As a member of the management team, Iris promotes positive employee relations and acts as a trusted advisor on human resources issues. She is also responsible for developing and implementing programs for staffing, employee relations, benefits, performance management, compensation, compliance and professional development for over 300 employees. In this role, Iris reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer/EVP of WETA.
WETA is the leading public broadcasting company in the nation’s capital, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational initiatives and with high-quality programming on WETA Television and Classical WETA 90.9 FM. WETA is one of the largest-producing stations of new content for public television in the United States. At the core of that mission is PBS NewsHour, produced by NHP, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of WETA. The award-winning show is broadcast weeknights from WETA’s Production Center. The NewsHour is carried by more than 350 PBS stations nationwide and is known for its in-depth coverage and discussion of issues and current events.
For 7.5 years, Iris was previously the Vice President of Human Resources at Goodwill Industries International, Inc. (GII) Member Services Center located in Rockville, MD. In her role as Vice President of Human Resources at GII, Iris was responsible for executing a Compelling Place to Perform with programs designed to engage, develop, value and celebrate their employees, teams and colleagues.
Iris has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Howard University, a master’s degree in Human Resource Development from George Washington University, her SHRM-CP, PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification from HRCI and CDE (Certified Diversity Executive) from the Institute of Diversity Certification and is a member of the Society of Diversity.