Rashad Young

City Administrator, Washington, District of Columbia

Rashad M. Young was appointed the City Administrator of the District of Columbia on January 2, 2015.  With a workforce of about 35, 000 employees and a budget of nearly $13 billion, Mr. Young is charged with ensuring efficient, accountable and well-managed service delivery to all residents, businesses and visitors on behalf of the Mayor.

Mr. Young’s focus includes, improving the District’s government operations and oversight, providing for continuous quality improvements in government programs and services, ensuring responsibility and transparency in the budgeting process and improving interagency coordination, collaboration and communication.

Mr. 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, Virginia, Greensboro, North Carolina, Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. Throughout his career, Mr. 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 Mr. Young a nationally known and respected public manager.

Through his previous role as City Manager of Alexandria, Mr. Young 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, Mr. 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.

Mr. Young’s accomplishments in Dayton included such as maintaining fiscal discipline and achieving the upgrade of the City’s bond rating. His use of performance management systems to deliver top-notch city services helped city government be more transparent, outcome-based, and customer-focused.

Mr. 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.

Tuesday, October 1
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm • A Balancing Act —Collaboration and Competition for Economic Developmentstage
Join economic development leaders from the District, the City of  and Alexandria, and Arlington, Fairfax  and Montgomery Counties to learn about how local governments balance the need to come together to bring economic growth to the region as a whole, while also competing against each other for limited investment dollars.  The recent Amazon HQ2 site selection will be discussed, along with other case studies.