Aisha Young is a social sector expert and community organizer whose career is focused on the intersection of race, place, and opportunity. She currently serves as Senior Director for Strategy & Equity at the Meyer Foundation, where she leads efforts to integrate racial equity into all areas of the Foundation’s work internally and externally. She has held leadership positions in local government, grassroots organizations, and small and large nonprofits. Prior to joining the Meyer Foundation, 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.
The majority of Aisha’s local government leadership experience was for the City of Charlotte, where she was Operations Director for the Department of Neighborhood & Economic Development, responsible for the strategic vision and implementation plan for the city’s initiatives to advance equitable neighborhoods. Her leadership fundamentally transformed the way the City of 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 ten years, helping social justice organizations to develop and fund their strategies and helping the funding community to make better investments to support community organizing work led by people of color.
Aisha attended Hampton University, where she earned her BA in English and Early Childhood Education and studied social work at Temple University’s School of Public Health, concentrating in Community and Policy Practice. She has used her expertise on racial equity to serve on several boards and taskforces, and currently sits on the board of Dream Defenders, a movement-building organization that trains youth to lead social change in their communities.
Aisha lives in the greater Washington area, with her partner and young daughter. She is passionate about helping to build a region where every kid can develop and pursue their dreams, and every parent, caregiver, and community has the resources to support their pursuit.