April L. Young
April L. Young serves as Imperial Bank's Senior Vice President and Manager of the Mid-Atlantic Region's Emerging Growth Division. In this role, she is responsible for developing and managing the Bank's portfolio of early stage technology company clients in the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The Emerging Growth Division provides unique credit and banking services to venture backed technology companies throughout the United States.
Prior to joining the bank, Dr. Young was Founding Executive Director of the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project. The Project is a non-profit, leadership organization designed to help Greater Washington become a global leader in digital information products and services. The Project serves as a catalyst to help the Greater Washington region build on its strengths in communications, computing and content. While at KnowledgeWay, April completed a successful $5 million development campaign, marketed the Project's vision and mission to the region's business community, and implemented the Project's four core programs.
Previously, Dr. Young served as Senior Fellow for Regional Economic Development at George Mason University's Institute for Pubilc 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 as 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.