Dr. April Young, Past Board Chair

 Dr. April Young

April Young is a Managing Director at Hercules Capital, with more than 15 years of venture banking experience. She is responsible for developing the Company's venture loan portfolio in the MidAtlantic and Southeast United States.

Prior to joining Hercules, Ms. Young was Managing Director, US at MMVFinancial. She began her venture banking career at Comerica Bank where she served for 10 years as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Mid-Atlantic Technology and Life Sciences Division.

 April Young in Uganda

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.

April has led Five Talents for many years with both a loving Christian heart and a strong business sense.

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.”

Photo Credit: Top Image courtesy The Washington Post