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Yvonne S. Sparks
Assistant Vice President and Community Development Officer
Yvonne Sparks directs the Community Development function of the Eighth Federal Reserve District. She is responsible for strategic planning and implementation of Community Development department initiatives. Sparks 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.
Her experience spans the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Sparks’ volunteer and civic involvement includes serving as chair during a 3-year term on the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors. She has had other Federal Reserve System assignments and has served on the boards of directors of numerous nonprofits and public commissions.
She 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 St. Louis University and in management and leadership from the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University. Her bachelor’s degree is in administration of justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.