Lawyer, Independent Director, Advisor, Public Service Advocate and mother- Alice Young has many different roles in her life. Born in Washington, D.C. of Chinese diplomat parents who became academics, Alice grew up in Virginia, Maryland, Tokyo and Honolulu. From an early age she was instilled by her family with pride in her Chinese heritage and the importance of doing good, not just doing well. She was in Yale’s first graduating class of women , during which she co-founded the Asian- American Students’ Association, the first organization of its kind at an Ivy League college, and helped establish the first course at Yale on Asian American issues, the first Admissions Office recruiting efforts to increase the number of Asian American public school students at Yale and a Freshman Counselor program geared towards minorities. She went on to graduate from Harvard Law School in the first class to enroll 10% women, which became the subject of the book by Jill Abramson, Where They Are Now: The Women of Harvard Law 1974Alice continued to be a trailblazer as a lawyer, becoming the first minority, first woman and youngest to head a law office branch in New York. For 40 years she has advised multinationals and entrepreneurs on business strategy and opportunities in Asia, beginning in Japan and Hong Kong in the early 70’s and China in the late 70’s, and one of her goals in life has been to promote better US-China relations. Alice recently transitioned to Special Counsel from her previous role as Partner and Chair of the Asia Practice at Kaye Scholer, and now concentrates on business strategy and advisory work and as Independent Director at AXIS Capital Holdings, Ltd. , a NYSE-listed insurance and reinsurance company, and Mizuho Trust & Banking (USA), a Japanese public company’s U.S. subsidiary.
She is also active in the non-profit community: she is a Trustee of The Asia Foundation and the Aspen Institute and promotes diversity and mentoring through the Council on Foreign Relations, the NY Women’s Forum, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, (AALDEF), the Committee of 100, Harvard and Yale. She has fought against discrimination and lack of due process towards Asian Americans, such as her advocacy in the Wen Ho Lee case, and has received numerous awards for her leadership, including the NY Women’s Agenda “Star” Award, Yale Asian American Leadership Alumni Award, AALDEF’s “Justice in Action” Award and Boy Scouts of America (NY) Distinguished Woman of the Year.
She is the proud mother of a daughter and a son who appreciate their Chinese and “hapa” heritage and take pride in being multicultural.