Yvonne S. Sparks
Assistant Vice President and Community Affairs Officer
Yvonne Sparks leads a group in the St. Louis Fed’s Community Development department to promote broad understanding and effective application of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) in low- and moderate-income communities across the Eighth Federal Reserve District. She has nearly 30 years of experience as a professional nonprofit organization executive, community development banker, public engagement consultant and trainer of nonprofit executives and board members.
Sparks’ experience spans the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Her volunteer and civic involvement includes serving as chair during a three-year term on the Consumer Advisory Council of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C. She has had other Federal Reserve System assignments and has served on the boards of directors of numerous nonprofits and public commissions.
Sparks currently serves on the advisory boards of the Creative Exchange Lab, an incubator for architecture and design entrepreneurs; Mission Center L3C, a social problems think tank; and the United Way of St. Louis’ Individual Development Account initiative.
Sparks has master’s degrees in public administration from Saint Louis University and in management and leadership from the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has also completed postgraduate work in public affairs, management and finance. In addition, she earned professional certificates from the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government from Harvard Kennedy School and from the Women’s Leadership program of the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.