Doug Young has served LMSD as the Director of School and Community Relations for fourteen years, but he has decided to step down from his position and pursue another career opportunity.

“For the past fourteen years I have come to work every day loving what I do,” said Young. “I’ve had the honor of working in an amazing community, supporting the schools I attended that shaped who I am as a person.”

Young has spent most of his life in LMSD. He attended Merion Elementary and LM. His love of basketball began at LM, where he joined the team and was named captain, playing alongside future hall-of-famer Kobe Bryant.

After graduating from LM in 1994, Young attend- ed Dartmouth College. Following his passion for the sport of basketball, he began working for the NBA as part of their marketing team. When Young joined LMSD, he also became the assistant coach for the LM boys’ basketball team. In addition to coaching, he has led other key initiatives, including TEDx- LMSD and the annual Girls’ Leadership Conference.

As the primary spokesperson for LMSD, Young has handled several major issues during his tenure, including the webcam controversy, re- districting, and the current issue of enrollment growth and school construction.

“I have known Mr. Young for over fourteen years as a colleague, coach, and friend,” said LM principal Sean Hughes. “I will miss working with him in so many different events. He is one of the most creative individuals and he cares deeply- about every event that took place in LMSD.”

When asked what lies ahead, Young explained that he is embarking on a “new professional chal- lenge as principal of [his] own consulting firm, managing communications and branding initia- tives for clients across a variety of fields—with a particular focus on athletes.”

Through this move, Young is furthermore in- corporating basketball and sports into his life. He recognizes that the LMSD community has helped prepare him for this new challenge, and he is eternally grateful.