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Charlotte Young

Presidents' Council

Charlotte Young is the General Counsel at the National Audubon Society. For more than 100 years, Audubon has embraced the mission of protecting birds and the places they need.

Previously, she was Winrock International’s General Counsel and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer. Winrock International is a recognized leader in U.S. and international development, providing solutions to some of the world’s most complex social, agricultural and environmental challenges.

Prior to Winrock, Charlotte worked for ten years at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), an environmental conservation organization.  At TNC, Charlotte was the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, the Privacy Officer, and the Youth Safety Officer. During Charlotte’s tenure the organization was named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Corporations” by Ethisphere six times annually.

Prior to TNC, Charlotte was a practicing attorney for 20 years. She started her legal career specializing in litigation and government contracts at the law firm of McKenna, Conner & Cuneo, in the Washington, D.C. area. After about 10 years she moved to an inhouse position as Assistant General Counsel of Unisys Corporation, then a $6B IT solutions company with about 40,000 employees worldwide. At Unisys she managed commercial litigation and also focused on fraud and bribery prevention and investigation.

Charlotte is a graduate of The University of Virginia and attended law school at The George Washington School of Law. She has taught Legal Writing and Research at two D.C. law schools. She is a frequent speaker and presenter on ethics and compliance topics.