Claudia Yang

Financial Analyst


Claudia is interested in the intersection of food, sustainability and finance. She spent five years in quantitative investment management at Dimensional Fund Advisors, where her most recent role was Associate Portfolio Manager specializing in U.S. small and microcap equity strategies. She has held finance internships with companies along the food value chain, including Gold Leaf Farms and Hancock Natural Resources Group.


Claudia volunteered on a regenerative agriculture farm in Austin, TX, which led her to pursue a master’s degree in business to transition into agriculture and food investing. She is a second year full-time MBA candidate at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, attaining concentrations in Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management.


Claudia is expected to receive her MBA in June 2022. As a double Maroon, she also holds an B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago.





 Whatcom Local Food Campus

The Whatcom Community Foundation invests in activities and organizations that improve the ability of people to help themselves, increase connections among people, and take cooperative approaches to community issues. WCF is exploring the development of a local food campus on a waterfront property that would become a multi-tenant site, anchored by a school district commissary. The goal is to strengthen Whatcom County’s local food system by promoting health equity, forging tangible strategic connections between food production organizations, and helping farmers connect with institutional markets. NVA developed the business case for this ambitious project and continues to support its development. (2021)