Sara Yang



Sara specializes in working at the intersection of design, business, and technology. She joined Civilla with a background in user research and product management, which she brings to her work improving federal services and the child welfare system in Michigan.

Sara’s a University of Southern California grad who got her start in human-centered design in 2013, when she founded a local chapter of Design for America in Los Angeles. After that, she led research and strategy for new products and new markets at Tala, a microfinance company serving under-banked communities across the globe. Since then, she has lived and worked across five continents as an independent researcher and designer. This experience is what ultimately brought Sara to Civilla, inspired by the power of connecting research and real people’s stories to design better services, closer to home.

Outside of work, you’ll probably find Sara in movement through yoga, dance, or diving. She’s danced Bollywood, hip hop, contemporary, salsa, and Brazilian zouk over the years, and loves making movement a daily practice in her life.