Richard Young


Richard lives in Fayette County, Kentucky and works at the intersection of democracy, public policy, social practice, and creativity. He is the Founder and Executive Director of CivicLex, a civic health organization that has been recognized as a solution for rebuilding American Democracy for the 21st Century. 

Richard has also served as a longtime Steering Committee member and steward for the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange, the most preeminent framework in the United States for bringing together rural and urban communities to understand their interdependence. He is also the founder of Kentucky’s first El Sistema-inspired music program and Lexington’s first place-based Community Development Corporation.

Since 2014, Richard’s work has been featured on/in Lenfest Institute for Journalism, PBS NewsHourForeign AffairsOn Point, the Wall Street Journal, and more. His work has invested more than $4.5M into Kentucky’s civic and creative fabric. Richard is a Marshall Memorial Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States and a NextCity Vanguard.

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