Yvonne S. Sparks

Yvonne S. Sparks
Former Assistant Vice President

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Yvonne Sparks is the former director of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) initiatives for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In this role, she leads a team focused on enhancing the public’s understanding of the act and its effective application to increase bank lending and investment in low- and moderate-income communities.

Sparks’ community development and nonprofit management background spans prior experience as a CEO and senior leader in nonprofit organizations and banking, as well as a consultant for foundations and government organizations.

Sparks holds a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and masters’ degrees in public administration from St. Louis University and in management and leadership from Webster University.  She earned professional certificates from Harvard’s Kennedy School Program for Senior Executives in Government and from Washington University’s Olin School of Business Women’s Leadership Forum.

Sparks’ community engagement includes service on several boards and commissions, including the United Way of Greater St. Louis and the St. Louis Promise Zone. She is also a former curator of the University of Missouri System.