Yvette Garcia Missri

Yvette Garcia Missri


Executive Director


Yvette Garcia Missri is the Executive Director of the Wilson Center. She has been leading legal and public health advocate for racial and social justice for over 20 years and most recently served as the Litigation Counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending, where she used litigation strategies to combat abusive lending practices. There, she authored several amicus briefs in federal and state courts, represented organizational plaintiffs against federal agencies, and led national policy reform efforts to close the racial wealth gap.

Prior to joining the Center for Responsible Lending, Garcia Missri served as an administrator for the Orange County Department on Aging, where she helped lead the County to become North Carolina’s first World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly County. She also led and implemented a County level five-year strategic plan, and created and managed multiple enduring programs to combat poverty and improve mental health outcomes for vulnerable older adults.

Garcia Missri also worked as a gender-based violence legal services attorney in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., including at Merrimack Valley Legal Services, the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, and the Office of the Attorney General for D.C.

Garcia Missri received her J.D. from Boston College Law School, her MPH in Health Behavior from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and her B.A. in Philosophy from George Washington University.