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Teresa C. Younger

Teresa C. Younger is an activist, advocate, renowned public-speaker, organizational strategist, and proven leader in the philanthropic and policy sectors. Having spent more than 20 years on the frontlines of some of the most critical battles for comprehensive equity and the elimination of institutionalized oppression, she now serves as the President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. Prior to joining the Ms. Foundation for Women, Teresa served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and as executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Connecticut—the first African American and the first woman to hold that position. Additionally, Teresa serves on a number of boards including the Ethel Walker School and Essie Justice Group. She has appeared on MSNBC’s UP with David Gura, NBC News, NPR, Elle Magazine, Cosmopolitan, SiriusXM, and in USA Today, AP, Rewire, podcast, and The New York Times. Younger is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in Humanities from the University of New Haven in 2018.

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