Dr. Young is an experienced transformational executive and superintendent with proven leadership in board governance and C-level roles. Raised in a foster family, she has committed her life to improving education for underserved students just like her foster brothers and sisters.
Dr. Young has led school systems serving 4,000 to 49,000 students, spanning multi-state and international operations, instruction, technology, finance, philanthropy, special education, and organizations undergoing major transformations. She is an EdTech expert and the former CEO of a subsidiary of a publicly-traded fortune 500 curriculum and technology company.
The organizations she has led all show significant improvement in equity-focused policies and practices. She received the Coro Crystal Eagle for Excellence in Public Service, the California State University Los Angeles Educator of the Year Award, and membership in the National Charter School Hall of Fame.
Dr. Young serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Fordham Foundation, the Larta Institute, ALC Schools (a school transportation company), and Olivela.com.
She is the former president of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education (1999-2003) and founded the California Charter Schools Association. Education: Ed.D. UCLA; M.P.A. USC; and B.A. Yale University.
Quote: “The foundation of the teaching and learning bargain is respect for a student’s lived experience. To become better educators, we must do more of what works, less of what does not, and know the difference. Eventually, what works overtakes what doesn’t as part of a natural evolution.”