About YGL

For Aspiring Government Leaders

YGL’s mission is to educate, inspire, and transform the current and future leaders of government. YGL is committed to serving as a coordinated voice for the current and future generations of young government leaders by providing a community of leadership through professional development activities, networking opportunities, social events, seminars, fellowships, and scholarships.


YGL was founded in 2003 by a group of young government employees seeking new connections across federal agencies. Since then, YGL has grown to provide the authentic voice for young government leaders across federal, state, and local government. We are the only 501(c)(3) non-profit, professional organization founded by – and led by – young government employees. We work to actively build a community of leadership for young public servants across the country by hosting a variety of events and programs designed to help young leaders gain an edge on their professional development, build lasting relationships with other aspiring government leaders, and develop potential solutions to the significant challenges facing government today.

We have grown significantly since YGL’s inception. What began as a few employees working in their spare time has become a robust organization with nearly 10,000 members.

In 2015, YGL National, the main leadership body for YGL, reorganized and now consists of three governing bodies: the YGL National Advisory Panel, the YGL National Board, and the YGL National Leadership team.

The YGL National Advisory Panel (Panel) provides senior-level strategic planning advice for the other YGL National governing bodies. Many members of the Panel have participated in YGL for many years and bring institutional knowledge and wisdom from having been there first.

The YGL National Board (Board) is a five-member board consisting of the YGL National President, three YGL National Executive Vice Presidents, and a Board Member At Large.  This body makes decisions and provides guidance for all YGL activities.

The YGL National Leadership Team carries out the daily work of YGL National through three branches, each led by an Executive Vice President. These branches are: National Presence, Communication, and Relationships; Operations; and Learning, Advocacy, and Member Experience.

In turn, YGL National provides support and guidance for Chapters across the country. These Chapters are led by dedicated federal, state, and local government employees who help connect their communities, from New York to San Antonio to Los Angeles.

Scroll down to learn more about the dedicated public servants who serve YGL National. Click here for information about our chapters.



Executive Board

National Leadership Team

National Presence, Communication, & Relationships

  • Vacant (Sponsorships and Partnerships Assistant)

  • Vacant (Chapter Finance Director)

  • heathermartin

    Heather Martin

  • jonathan-ludwig

    Jonathan Ludwig

  • iris-alon

    Iris Alon

  • lillie-zeng

    Lillie Zeng

  • steven-lucas

    Steven Lucas

  • rebecca-rose

    Rebecca Rose

  • brandon-mccullough

    Brandon McCullough

  • doniella-mckoy

    Doniella McKoy

  • sofi-martinez

    Sofi Martinez


  • Vacant (Chief Financial Officer)

  • shayna-mazel

    Shayna Mazel

  • shelly-zhao

    Shelly Zhao

  • jason-wright

    Jason Wright

  • kyle-ragan

    Kyle Regan

  • stacey

    Stacey Champagne

Learning, Advocacy, & Member Experience

  • Vacant (Center on IT and Innovation Director)

  • Vacant (Center on Human Capital Director)

  • Vacant (Member Director)

  • lenka-koss

    Lenka Koss

  • Christina Thomas

  • julie-warner

    Julie Warner

  • elida-sarmiento

    Elida Sarmiento

  • joe-maltby

    Joe Maltby

  • michelle-rosa

    Michelle Rosa

  • natalie-matthews

    Natalie Matthews

  • jovanka-balac

    Jovanka Balac

  • christine-hanhausen

    Christine Hanhausen

  • steven-lucas

    Steven Lucas

Advisory Panel

The National Advisory Panel provides guidance, mentoring, and general organizational support to the YGL Executive Board. If you are interested in joining the Advisory Panel, please contact the YGL President.

David Bray Chief Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission

Karen Evans National Director for the U.S. Cyber Challenge

Daniel Gephart Editorial Director, LRP Productions

Virginia Hill Manager, Partnership for Public Service, Past President, YGL

Martha Johnson Former Administrator, GSA, Author, Speaker

Joshua Marcuse Senior Advisor for Policy and Innovation, DOD, Chairman, YPFP

Steve Ressler Founder, GovLoop Co-Founder, YGL

Julie Saad Communications Strategist, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department of Homeland Security

Bill Spencer Clerk of the Board, US Merit Systems Protection Board

Al Tyree Director, Graduate School USA

Dave Uejio Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Past President, YGL

Sharon Wong, Director Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Personnel Management

Interested in a position of leadership with YGL National?

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