April L. Young
April L. Young is Managing Director of Comerica Bank's Mid-Atlantic Region Technology and Life Sciences Division (formerly Imperial Bank). In that role, she is responsible for developing and managing the bank's portfolio of technology company clients in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast from offices in Reston, Virginia; Durham, North Carolina; and Atlanta, Georgia. The Technology and Life Sciences Division provides unique credit and banking services to professionally backed and managed technology companies throughout the U. S. Dr. Young serves on the advisory boards of several early stage technology companies, including DreamLabs, LaunchFuel, My Job Coach and Credible Wireless. She is also a director of several non-profit organizations, including the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association and the International Economic Development Council
Prior to joining the bank, Dr. Young was founding executive director of the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, a non-profit, leadership organization designed to help greater Washington become a global leader in digital information products and services. The project served as a catalyst to help the greater Washington region build on its strengths in communications, computing and content. Among her achievements at KnowledgeWay are completing a successful $5 million development campaign, marketing the project's vision and mission to the region's business community, and implementing the project's four core programs.
Previously, Dr. Young served as senior fellow for Regional Economic Development at George Mason University's Institute for Public Policy and served as the first director of the Northern Virginia Roundtable. Prior to her association with GMU, Dr. Young was the director of the Virginia Department of Economic Development, where she lead the Commonwealth's domestic and international marketing program from offices in Richmond, Brussels and Tokyo. Earlier in her career, she served as senior vice president of NVRDevelopment, Inc., as the executive director of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority and director of Economic Development for the city of St. Louis, Mo.
Dr. Young holds bachelors and masters degrees in urban and regional planning from George Washington University as well as a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from Saint Louis University. She is married to Robert Kelly and the mother of a teenage son. In her spare time, she plays golf and enjoys being a "hockey mom."