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Milken Scholar 2011
Scholar Profile

Carla Vasquez-Noriega

Urban Planning


Carla Vásquez-Noriega is the Investor Relations Associate at Merritt Community Capital. She is a dedicated affordable housing professional with experience in development, financing, and policy. Her passion for this work stems from growing up in low-income housing in Los Angeles and a desire to create housing opportunities for all.

Before joining Merritt in 2022, Carla worked on affordable housing technical assistance, capacity building programs, and lending in the Los Angeles office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. She also worked in development at the Community Corporation of Santa Monica, where she advanced four affordable communities in a high opportunity area.

Carla has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Yale University.

High school:  Los Angeles High School


College Year Degree
Yale College
New Haven, CT
2015 B.A. Sociology
University of California - Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
2020 M.A. Urban and Regional Planning