Andrea Young is the executive director of the 22,000-member American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia. She is a life-long advocate for civil and human rights. Under her leadership, the ACLU of Georgia has reimagined its work to integrate legal action, policy, advocacy, civic engagement, and communications.
Prior to taking the helm of the statewide affiliate of the ACLU in January 2017, Young was an adjunct professor at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. For many years, she served as executive director at the Andrew J. Young Foundation, producing a nationally syndicated series of documentary films and other programs on themes of civil and human rights.
Young served as a legislative assistant to Sen. Edward Kennedy, contributing to significant civil rights and international policy, including the Martin Luther King Holiday Act and South Africa sanctions legislation.
She is the author of Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me, co-author of Andrew Young and the Making of Modern Atlanta, and collaborator with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young in researching, writing, and editing An Easy Burden: Civil Rights and the Transformation of America. She has been recognized nationally for her work as an advocate for civil and human rights.
Young is a graduate of Swarthmore College and received her law degree from Georgetown University School of Law.