Over the last few months, Austin Community College District (ACC) welcomed a new Director of Talent and three HR Business Partners. Meet the people who have taken on these positions.

From ACC Human Resources’ HappyHR Newsletter

Introducing ACC’s inaugural Talent Director 

One of the things you’ve been asking for is enhanced career and succession planning. HR’s latest hire is tasked with doing exactly that.

Welcome Wade Trost, our new Director of Talent. He will lead our existing Professional Development team in providing high-quality career transformational goods and services to all ACC staff through consultation, skill, and behavioral-based education. He will focus on fostering employees’ talents and creating new opportunities for self and professional growth.

Wade has nine years of combined experience in the professional services industry working for Ernst & Young in a variety of roles including talent acquisition, learning and development, and employee relations. Prior to that, Wade worked in banking in roles focusing on customer engagement and portfolio management.

At home, Wade enjoys time with his “fur son” Cooper and the rest of his family and friends. He’s an avid movie, theater, and music goer, and loves baking and helping others.

Wade holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas State University. He is also a Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)-Certified Professional and is currently working toward his coaching certification through Coach Diversity Institute.

HR Business Partners are here for you

One of the goals of bringing on board business partners is to personalize and connect with you. Erica Breedlove, Aly Wang, and Donald Jackson spent their first 90 days as HR Business Partners developing and defining their new roles. They’ve studied the landscape at ACC, researched potential improvements, met with key leaders, and produced an operational plan. Now, it’s time to take the show on the road!

Each has been assigned a region and a collection of ACC departments to focus on. But all three will be working closely together as well, connecting daily to ensure consistency in approach and service level across divisions and campuses.

Donald Jackson | South Region (Hays, Riverside, South Austin)

Donald Jackson has more than 15 years of experience as a Human Capital professional, most recently as an HR Manager for the City of Austin. He is a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and his background includes stints as HR Director for the Department of Veteran Affairs and adjunct college professor. Donald holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix, a BS in HR Management, and professional certification from the Society for Human Resource Management. During his free time, Donald enjoys traveling, attending live entertainment events, and spending time with family.

Aly Wang | Central Region (Eastview, Elgin, Highland, Rio Grande)

Aly Wang was part of the HR leadership development program at Baker Hughes before coming to ACC. That position gave her opportunities to work with a variety of HR teams such as talent management, HR technology, and talent acquisition. Aly has a master’s degree in Human Resources from the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas-Austin. She enjoys exploring coffee shops, going to parks, and spending time with her family.

Erica Breedlove | North Region (Cypress Creek, Northridge, Round Rock, San Gabriel)

For many at ACC, Erica Breedlove needs no introduction. She has served the college as its Employment and Outreach Services Manager for more than 23 years, helping both employees and new hires with their employment needs. She also has worked as the Director of Workforce Development at the Austin Area Urban League and as an Account Executive/Recruiter with Spherion. Erica has a master’s in Organizational Change and Leadership and a bachelor’s in Human Resources Management. She volunteers with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and enjoys good food, 90s R&B music, and candid conversations with family and friends​.

All three business partners have been meeting with their assigned dotted-line supervisors, the vice chancellors over their assigned areas of responsibility. They’re also undergoing on-the-job training to ensure consistency in our business practices. Erica continues to assist “Home Office” HR while transitioning from her role of Employment & Outreach Manager.

When you see Erica, Aly, or Donald on campus, stop and say hi. We can’t wait to hear about your unique ACC experience! A web page with more information about the business partners is coming soon.

If you miss them in person, send them a meeting request through the HR Mojo ticketing system or email [email protected]

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