Laura Yepez is a Senior Program Associate on the Savings and Financial Capability Team. She provides event planning and design, financial product design, technical assistance, and a racial economic equity lens to financial capability services. As a member of the Savings and Financial Capability team, Laura works to improve the delivery of financial capability services for low-income communities.
Before joining Prosperity Now, Laura was an Emerson National Hunger Fellow at the Congressional Hunger Center. Laura has a B.A. in American Studies and a minor in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, an interdisciplinary approach which allowed her to learn about communities, policy, and planning. While at Berkeley, Laura fundraised for several organizations and worked as the Fundraising Manager for Youth Spirit Artworks, a non-profit that serves homeless youth in South Berkeley. She also worked on Oakland Unified School District’s Rethinking School Lunch Initiative, which focused on providing healthier school lunches for all of Oakland’s schools. After she graduated from Berkeley, Laura was active with the 2016 election and joined a small urban-planning firm, MIG, in Pasadena.