Enterprise Community Partners Hires HR Executive Angelique Kelly-Lara as Chief People Officer
Human resources veteran with 25 years of experience joins from Choice Hotels International
COLUMBIA, Md. (April 23, 2020) – Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) announced today the hire of Angelique Kelly-Lara as Chief People Officer (CPO). A senior leader at the organization, Kelly-Lara will be responsible for all human resource services, including acquisition strategies that attract top, diverse talent, career development and the HR business partner team, which ensures that HR policies fit the organization’s needs and objectives.
“Enterprise is a people-first organization; everything we do is in service of our mission to improve people’s lives nationwide, and that critical work would not be possible without our diverse talent,” said Priscilla Almodovar, chief executive officer at Enterprise. “As we build out our senior leadership team prior to completing our next Strategic Plan this summer, we are delighted to welcome Angelique, whose experience directing human resources at internationally recognized companies will be a tremendous asset to the team.”
Kelly-Lara joins Enterprise with more than 25 years of experience directing HR teams at some of the world’s largest corporations. Most recently, she was vice president of global talent acquisition at Choice Hotels International, where she oversaw Choice’s global talent acquisition department and was responsible for developing and implementing new hiring strategies to support the company’s corporate direction. From 2005-2014 at McDonald’s USA, she worked her way up to director of U.S. HR and employee relations. Earlier in her career, she held similar positions at Aramark Corporation and Bankers Life and Casualty Company.
“I’ve long admired Enterprise’s commitment to ensuring people from all walks of life have a safe and affordable place to call home and it’s an honor to be joining the organization,” said Angelique Kelly-Lara. “In challenging times like these, I am more focused than ever on building a diverse workforce and an organizational culture that supports our employees as we continue working toward our mission.”
In 2019, Kelly-Lara was recognized as an HR Leader of the Year by DCA Live. She has served on a number of corporate and community boards, including for the Northern Virginia and DC Ronald McDonald House and the Center for New Horizons. Kelly-Lara holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and an MBA in human resource management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.