Young began her career at as an auditor with Arthur Anderson & Co, and moved on to The Deerpath Group, Inc., where as Vice President, she advised institutional equity investors in more than US$3.0 billion in project finance, real estate and leverage lease investments.
At Allstate Insurance Company, Ms. Young was instrumental in the growth over three years of its portfolio finance unit from US$125 million to more than US$700 million. She originated, negotiated and structured a variety of investments which ranged from venture capital to rated senior debt as well as developing and implementing credit, due diligence and portfolio management procedures. As Senior Portfolio Manager, Public High Yield, Young coordinated and directed external management of Allstate’s US$1.0 billion high yield portfolio. Her energy asset management skills were further developed at Heller Financial and General Electric Capital Corporation where Ms. Young originated, structured and underwrote cash flow, asset-based and project loans for energy-related companies. Young also designed and implemented comprehensive asset and portfolio management policies and procedures for the $250 million portfolio.
Following her career as a portfolio manager, Young transitioned from her investor/lender role into clean energy asset management. Working with global renewable energy companies, she designed and implemented centralized and integrated asset management processes to support rapid growth of their North American renewable energy businesses in solar and wind energy generation
Ms. Young served as the board advisor for the Lost Lake Utility District on its water and wastewater system acquisition in 2006. In this capacity, she conducted all due diligence and financial analysis, structured the purchase from the court appointed receiver, arranged $2.24 million bond financing and negotiated a multi-year compliance waiver with the Illinois EPA. The Lost Lake Utility District continues to successfully operate as a community owned utility.
Ms. Young holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and has previously served in various capacities for the CFA Society of Chicago, including as Board Member and Treasurer. She also passed the Illinois CPA exam but no longer practices as a Certified Public Accountant. She is a partner with Social Venture Partners-Chicago, an organization supporting and promoting engaged philanthropy.
Ms. Young received her Bachelor of Science, Accountancy & Computer Science from Northern Illinois University and earned a Master of Business Administration with Honors from the University of Chicago. She also recently completed a Professional Certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations from Northwestern University and has completed the Southside Arts and Humanities Network’s Nonprofit Board Leadership Development Program.