Yvonne Sparks joined EMD as a Partner in 2020, following 11 years as Assistant Vice President Community Development and Director of Community Reinvestment Initiatives at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and 20+ years as a nonprofit CEO. While at the Fed, Yvonne led policy analysis and technical assistance teams and created a new program designed to address years of disinvestment in low-income rural and urban areas by leveraging policy and regulatory mandates to fund local action. The program connected banks, foundations and other investors with community development organizations that sought loans, grants and investments for local and regional community development projects.
Yvonne holds Masters 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. She earned professional certificates from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Public Service and the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.