Joel Young is the AC Transit Director-At- Large, representing 13 cities in Alameda and Contra Costa County.
After graduating with a law degree UC Berkeley School of law, Joel Young worked for four years at prestigious law firms helping launch start-up companies. When the Great Recession hit in 2008, Joel Young, whose parents were lifelong public servants, decided to enter public service. At that time, Joel Young was the youngest African-American to serve on the AC Transit Board.
At AC Transit, Young has: (1) advocated for polices that would steer hundreds of millions of dollars to local business over the next decade; (2) ran workshops explaining to small business owners hot to contract with the agency; (3) supported a Climate Action plan for the agency; (4) spearheaded the Freedom Bus Project, which aimed to provide public transit, arts education, and the history of the civil rights movement; and (5) pushed the agency to begin the development of a path to have a 100% clean bus fleet.
In addition to serving on the AC Transit Board, Joel Young is a Partner with The Tidrick Law Firm. He focuses his practice on employment law and complex class and collective actions that advance the public interest. Mr. Young has represented employees in a broad range of claims, including wage and hour, discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and racial harassment cases.
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