Andrew Young, Chair, Andrew J. Young Foundation
Andrew Young is the chair of the Andrew J. Young Foundation, a non-profit organization established to promote more just and prosperous communities in the U.S. and globally by developing and supporting new generations of multiracial leadership.
The Foundation supports efforts in four areas that reflect Young’s work as a pastor, activist, ambassador, and elected official – community and faith-based initiatives; civil rights and civic participation; international humanitarian initiatives; and public service.
Through the Foundation’s documentary production program, “Andrew Young Presents,” Young is an Emmy-winning producer of more than 20 documentaries which have been syndicated and distributed nationally and internationally.
Young was a key confidant and strategist to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1972 he was elected to represent Georgia’s 5th district, the first African-American elected from the South since Reconstruction. He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the first African-American to do so. In that role, Young established the framework for international negotiations that led to democracy in several nations in Southern Africa.
He later served as Mayor of Atlanta, bringing jobs and seventy billion dollars in private investment to the City during a recession. His leadership, vision and global reputation were instrumental in bringing the Centennial Olympic Games to Atlanta in 1996.
Young retired from GoodWorks International, an international business consulting firm he co-founded, following his 80th birthday.
His many awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the NAACP’s Springarn Medal, the Olympic Order and France’s Legion d’honneur, the nation’s greatest honor, as well as more than 100 honorary degrees. He serves on a number of boards including: the Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Social Change; the United Nations Foundation; Morehouse College and the Andrew Young School for Policy Studies at Ambassador Young’s critical contributions to American life and history were celebrated in 2011 with a Lifetime Emmy Award and the placement of his portrait on permanent exhibit of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
Ambassador Young is married to civic leader and philanthropist Carolyn McLain Young.