Paul A. Young currently serves as the director of the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD). HCD is responsible for coordinating community and economic development projects and initiatives throughout the city. The agency has an annual budget of over $16 million from both federal and local funding sources. With over 70 employees, Mr. Young helps to direct the programs and services of the agency and serves as the point person for major development initiatives for the city.
Previously, Mr. Young served as director of legislative affairs in the mayor’s office of Shelby County Government (TN). In this role, he was responsible for advocating the county’s interest to federal and state legislative delegations as well as local entities. He also served as the administrator for the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability, which is charged with the implementation of a strategic framework for action on green initiatives in the city of Memphis and Shelby County. Other positions that Mr. Young has held include: legislative liaison for the Shelby County Office of Legislative Affairs; financial analyst with Community Capital (Memphis, TN); assistant program officer for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (New York, NY); and associate planner for the Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development. Mr. Young holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a Masters of City and Regional Planning and masters of science in business administration from the University of Memphis. He and his wife, Jamila Smith-Young, have two children, Zoë (7) and Paxton (2).