Kimberly Young was appointed as the Chief Business Development and Governmental Relations Officer of Pressley Ridge in 2023. In this role, she is responsible for identifying and developing services within the scope of Pressley Ridge’s mission and vision. Kimberly is also responsible for governmental advocacy as it relates to fiscal health for human service organizations.
Kimberly is a well-respected and dedicated leader within the field of child and family services. She began her career in residential services working with adolescents. She quickly realized that many of the youth were placed in residential care due to being overlooked as a younger child. Kimberly’s innovative mindset kicked in as she began identifying service gaps and creating programs designed to ensure that children were able to remain in their families whenever safely possible. Her career path shifted from residential services to independent living, foster/kinship care and family preservation programming. Prior to joining the team at Pressley Ridge, Kimberly served as Vice President of Business Development for The Bair Foundation, a national foster/kinship care provider, where she assisted state teams in service delivery and opened new programs to support children and families.
Kimberly is a highly motivated and analytical professional with expertise in business development, data-driven decision making, building effective teams, and strategic relationship collaboratives. Her knowledge of community work at the ground level of operations has greatly influenced how she advocates for programming, policy, and funding in her current role as a leader for Pressley Ridge.
Kimberly earned her master’s degree in social work from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Kimberly also earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from Salem-Teikyo University of West Virginia. Kimberly is a master’s level Licensed Social Worker. Kimberly has also served on the board of the Pennsylvania Counsel for Children Youth and Family Services (PCCYFS) and the Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA) Pennsylvania Chapter where she served as Board President. She remains actively engaged on the National FFTA Kinship Committee and has worked closely with Dr. Joseph Crumbley on Kinship Initiatives.