Aisha Young is the Senior Director for Strategy and Equity at the Meyer Foundation. She is a social sector expert and community organizer whose career has been focused on the intersection of race, place, and opportunity. She has held leadership positions in local government, grassroots organizations, and small and large non-profits. Most recently, she was the director of thought leadership at KaBOOM!, shaping and leading trajectory-changing initiatives to create public space equity for kids and families in marginalized communities.
Prior to joining KaBOOM!, Aisha was the operations director for the City of Charlotte Department of Neighborhood & Economic Development, where she was responsible for the strategic vision and implementation plan for the city’s initiatives to advance equitable neighborhoods. Her leadership fundamentally transformed the way the Charlotte engages communities of color and designs programs, initiatives, and funding streams that support neighborhood residents as the lead change agents in their communities. Aisha has also served as a social sector consultant for over 10 years, helping social justice organizations to develop and fund their strategies, and helping the funding community make better investments to support community organizing work led by people of color.
Aisha earned her bachelor’s degree in English and early childhood education from Hampton University, and studied social work with a concentration in community and policy practice at Temple University. She is a board member of Dream Defenders, a nonprofit that organizes and trains youth in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods to lead social change within their communities. She lives in the Greater Washington area with her partner and young daughter.