Andrea Young













Andrea Young, Executive Director
American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia

About the Speaker

Andrea Young joined the ACLU of Georgia as Executive Director in January 2017.  Under her leadership, the organization has grown in influence, impact and membership. The organization is battling injustice and inequity through the courts – fighting for the rights of transgender Georgians to be themselves without discrimination, for the rights of citizens to challenge unconstitutional state laws, and for the rights of parents to raise their children without government interference

In the state capitol, the ACLU of Georgia worked successfully with other civil rights groups to stop anti-LGBT legislation, block attempts to weaken the voting power of minority communities through redistricting, and ensure colleges and universities can continue to protect survivors of sexual assault.  To catalyze civil rights activism at the grassroots level, the ACLU of Georgia launched Freedom School trainings for local activists and volunteers

Ms. Young has devoted her career to promoting policies to defend and extend civil and human rights. Prior to joining the ACLU, she taught leadership and social policy at Georgia State University, was the founding Executive Director of the Andrew Young Foundation and created the Making of Modern Atlanta Project that included an archive,  documentary film and book.

Young served as legislative assistant to Senator Edward Kennedy contributing to significant civil rights and international policy including the Martin Luther King Holiday Act and South Africa sanctions legislation. She later worked with the United Church of Christ in global mission and advocacy, returning to the Capitol to serve as Chief of Staff for the first woman to represent Georgia in Congress, Cynthia McKinney. She expanded access to reproductive health care as Vice President of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. As Vice President of the National Black Child Development Institute, Ms. Young led a school readiness initiative that increased local investments in early care and education and led to a commitment to universal pre-kindergarten in Washington, DC.  She began her career fighting the death penalty in the South with the Team Defense Project.

Ms. Young has received a number of awards for her work in civil and human rights and is a board member of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, the International Women’s Forum, Georgia.

Ms. Young is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, graduate of Swarthmore College and received her law degree from Georgetown University School of Law

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