FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2014
Contact: Joaquin McPeek, 202-442-5207
Bowser appoints Rashad M. Young as City Administrator
Mayor-elect says Young will help bring a fresh start to the day-to-day operations of the District’s government
Washington, D.C. – Today, Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser announced the appointment of Rashad M. Young as City Administrator. In this role, Young will be charged with ensuring efficient, accountable and well-managed service delivery to all residents, business owners and visitors on behalf of the Mayor.
Young currently serves as City Manager of Alexandria, VA where he is credited with forming the Office of Performance and Accountability (OPA) to develop a culture and practice of performance management and data-driven decision making. He also formed the Department of Project Implementation (DPI) to more effectively manage the growing and expansive list of City infrastructure capital projects. In addition, Young enhanced civic engagement in Alexandria by developing and deploying technology such as Call.Click.Connect that allows citizens and stakeholders to communicate directly with staff at all levels of the organization.
“Rashad brings great energy, experience, and a proven track record to the District of Columbia,” said Mayor-elect Bowser. “He will play a critical role in executing my bold vision for the District and help us deliver world-class services to the residents and businesses of Washington, D.C.”
“I am excited to help Mayor-elect Bowser form a more transparent and accountable government in the District of Columbia. Residents are ready for a fresh start and I’m ready to get to work to deliver on that promise,” said Young. “The District deserves services that are on time and on budget. I will work tirelessly to meet and exceed those expectations.”
Young’s tenure in Dayton included accomplishments such as maintaining fiscal discipline and achieving the upgrading of the City’s bond rating. His use of performance management systems to deliver top-notch city services has helped city government be more transparent, outcome-based and customer-focused.
Young has spent his entire career building expertise in public management, including 12 years as Assistant City Manager or City Manager in urban centers, namely Alexandria, VA, Greensboro, NC, Cincinnati and Dayton, OH. Throughout his career, Young has managed workforces totaling several thousand employees, led labor union contract negotiations, and overseen airport, convention center, water utility, human service, transit, public works, and public safety agency operations. This experience has made Young a nationally known and respected public manager.
Young is a National Board Member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), a Board Member of the Urban Libraries Council (ULC), a credentialed manager and member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), and an Affiliated Professor of Practice with Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs.
Young, his wife Tameka Young and their two sons, look forward to making their home in Washington, D.C. A head shot and biography will be provided upon request.