Rhonda Mims was named Tuesday to the newly created position of senior vice president and chief of public affairs at Tampa's WellCare Health Plans. The appointment makes Mims one of the highest-ranking black female executives in Tampa Bay. She will oversee strategic communications, public policy, corporate social responsibility, philanthropy, diversity and inclusion, and employee volunteerism.
Mims will report to WellCare's CEO Ken Burdick and serve as a member of the executive leadership team.
Her previous work experience includes serving as managing director of corporate social responsibility at the international law firm Paul Hastings LLP, senior vice president of corporate responsibility and chief diversity officer for ING U.S./Voya Financial and president of the ING U.S./Voya Foundation. Her earlier legal career included roles with the U.S. Department of Justice, the National District Attorney Association's American Prosecutor's Research Institute, and the South Carolina Office of Attorney General.
Mims serves as the chairman of The Executive Leadership Council and as a member of the board of the Thirty Percent Coalition and the Citizens Committee for Children in New York. She has received numerous awards including Top 100 Blacks in Corporate America, and has been recognized as Woman of the Year by multiple organizations.