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Frank J. Young biography

Biographic Sketch for Frank J. Young

Dr. Frank J. Young is a 29-year veteran of the Senior Foreign Service Officer with extensive overseas experience in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.  His last position was with USAID's Bureau for Africa as Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator from April, 2004-May 2005.  He joined Abt Associates as Practice Manager for Agriculture, Trade and Environment in January 2006. He is currently Vice President for Strategic Planning for Abt Associates Inc.'s International Line of Business, specializing in economic growth markets and Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

From 2002-2004, Dr. Young served as a Visiting Professor at the National War College where he taught courses in national security strategy and interagency policy-making as well as directing that institution's Africa curriculum.  From 1998 to 2002, he was USAID's Mission Director in Ghana, managing a $400 million portfolio, and was one of the architects of the West Africa Gas Pipeline, a $500 million project that brings flared gas from Nigeria to power plants along the Gulf of Guinea coast.  While in Ghana he also helped initiate the first national anti-corruption coalition involving both local civil society organizations and major donors.  Under his leadership, the USAID Mission provided substantial funding and logistical support for the country's 2000 Presidential elections that witnessed the first civilian transfer of power from one elected leader to another.  When the current government of President John Kuffour took office in 2001, Dr. Young and his staff provided critical transition assistance to the President and his senior staff.

 

Other field positions included Bangladesh, where he was Deputy Mission Director from 1992-1994 and Program Officer from 1988-1994.  Dr. Young's tenure there coincided with historic flood and cyclone disasters and he served as the Mission's disaster relief officer during these crises.  He helped organize the massive Operation Sea Angel in May 2001, which witnessed 8000 US military personnel participate in the Bangladesh cyclone relief effort and designed the first domestic disaster response project to increase Bangladeshi government capacity to respond to these crises.  From 1981-1984, Dr. Young served in India where he helped design the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) program which is still operating today, and designed and oversaw the PL 480 supported Anand oilseeds development program in Gujarat state with Dr. V.V. Kurien's National Dairy Development Board.

 

Dr. Young's assignments in USAID/Washington included a series of top management posts.  These included Director of the Office of Operations and Resource Allocation for Asia/Near East Affairs where he directed budgeting and program operations for the Agency's largest geographic bureau, and the Director of the Office of Management Planning in the USAID Bureau for Management where he headed a task force on procurement systems reform in the late 1990's.  Dr. Young is a three-time recipient of the USAID Superior Honor Award and upon retirement received the Agency's Distinguished Career Service Award.

 

Prior to coming to USAID, Dr. Young was a legislative assistant to Congressman John J. McFall (D-Calif.) from 1972-1976.

 

Dr. Young holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of the Pacific, and received an MA and a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where he won an ITT International Fellowship to do doctoral research in Taiwan.  He is also a distinguished graduate of the National War College, receiving an MS degree in National Security Studies in 1997.  He continues to lecture at the National War College on African economic issues and provides orientation training to US Special Forces personnel going to Africa as part of the Trans-Sahel Counterterrorism Initiative.

 

Dr. Young is married to Patricia Oxley Young, a former career diplomat with the Canadian Foreign Service, and has a daughter (Andrea) and son (Alex).