Nancy N. Young
Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Airlines for America
Nancy Young was named Vice President, Environmental Affairs for Airlines for America (A4A) in July 2007. An environmental attorney, Young directs the A4A environmental sustainability programs, represents the A4A airlines in international negotiations regarding aircraft noise and emissions standards, and provides counsel on other environmental issues of significance. She serves on the steering group and as sustainability co-lead of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative® (CAAFI), which is working to hasten the deployment of commercially viable, environmentally preferred alternative jet fuels, and the Advisory Committee of the Aviation Sustainability Center (ASCENT). In addition, she participates in the working groups under the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection and serves on the Board of the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG).
In 2015, Ms. Young was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve on his High-Level Advisory Group for Sustainable Transport. The Advisory Group concluded its work in late 2016 with the launch of its analysis and recommendations report, Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development.
Prior to her current engagement with A4A, Young was a principal/partner at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., where she served as co-chair of the firm’s climate change and waste management and recycling practices. Young previously served as the A4A Associate General Counsel, Environment and International Programs, and as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman E. Thomas Coleman (MO).
A native of Kansas City, Mo., Young received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of William & Mary in 1986 and a Juris Doctor cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1990.