Yocasta Lora is the Associate State Director for Community Outreach at AARP Pennsylvania. She leads program development and implementation, volunteer management, local advocacy, and strategic partner relationships in order to create accessible and safe communities for people of all ages.
Lora has been recognized for her accomplishment in building strategic alliances and community and economic development. Prior to joining AARP, Lora was the Director of Programs for the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She managed relationships with key partners such as Philadelphia Commerce Department, University of Pennsylvania, Goldman Sachs, 10,000 Small Businesses. In this role, she supported the two largest programs in the Chamber: the Small Business Development and Education and the Professional Mentoring Network Programs. This program's focused on strengthening businesses in the Greater Philadelphia Region through revenue generation and local job creation.
Lora currently serves as a board member for The Merchants Funds and on the City of Philadelphia Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (oTIS) Vision Zero Education Subcommittee, and the Greater Philadelphia Bicycle Coalitions-Vision Zero Alliance. Previous services included Comhar Board Member, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of commerce- Latina Leadership Advisory Board, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker Retirement Security Task Force, Philadelphia Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED WEEK), University of Pennsylvania Economic & Inclusion - Procurement, and the Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Transition Team. She is also the founder of the Dominicanos in the Delaware Valley professional group. Lora received the City of Philadelphia Next Generation of Women Leaders: Rising Stars, Business and Professional Women (BPW) – 2017 Professional of the Year Award, the 2017 International Community Service Award and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, (B.B.A) degree from La Salle University.