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Darlene Young


Office of Civil Rights
Washington, DC
February 2009


Date: 02/10/2009 Description: Black History Month, 2009: Darlene Young State Dept Photo

Darlene H. Young is an Information System Security Officer/Information Specialist in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Her expertise in the computer field has given her the opportunity to travel worldwide to places such as Belarus, Egypt, Italy, Thailand, Greece and Burkina Faso. Her responsibilities range from designing and building to configuring and installing various hardware and software products for our Federal Government affiliates. She has been employed with the State Department for more than 29 years. Over the years she has been the recipient of numerous Franklin Awards.

Ms. Young attended the University of the District of Columbia and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information and Systems Science in 1984.

One of her greatest accomplishments was to become the Blacks in Government (BIG) National President from 2005-2008. During her tenure as president Ms. Young established a partnership with the USDA Graduate School by having Individual Development Plan sessions at the 2006 National Training Conference and the creation of the Young Leadership Academy (YLA) which will cultivate leaders for BIG and enhance members’ professional development. Over 100 graduates completed the YLA program - producing leaders for the public (federal and state) and private sector workforce - including the State Department. This is important as the federal government, as a result of retirements, is experiencing a mass exodus of employees. She was also instrumental in forging relationships and getting support from multiple government agencies that promote BIG.

Ms. Young is a current member of the Carl T. Rowan Chapter of BIG.

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