Teresa Younger has been a strong activist and feminist leader focusing her efforts across health, safety and economic security particularly for women. On June 16, 2014 she accepted the title as CEO and president of Ms. Foundation.
Prior to Ms. Foundation, Younger served for the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW). Younger’s efforts resulted in state legislation to raise the minimum wage and instigate paid sick leave in Connecticut. She successfully helped strengthen sexual assault legislation to hold college campuses accountable for prevention and reporting of sexual assault.
She is a board member of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, who strives to put more women in elected positions in government. She also served on the National Advisory Board on Religious Restrictions on Care, which works to protect hospital-based health care services, such as birth control, that are threatened by mergers between secular community hospitals and religious-based health systems.
Younger was the first woman and the first African-American to serve as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut. She subsequently served as director of affiliate organizational development at the American Civil Liberties Union National Office.
Younger has deep experience in nonprofit governance and philanthropy. She has recently concluded her role as two-term president on the board of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Younger also serves on several other boards including, the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, and the National Association of Commissions for Women as a board member.
She has been recognized by multiple awards including Liberty Bank’s Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Education and Empowerment Honoree, the Girl Scouts of Connecticut Breakfast Badge Award and many more.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota.