Johnny Young is former executive director of Migration and Refugee Services of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, a position he held from 2007 until his retirement in 2015. Previously, he served as a private consultant, contractor, and lecturer.
During his nearly 40-year career in the Foreign Service, in which he achieved the rank of career ambassador in the Senior Foreign Service, Johnny served as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia, the State of Bahrain, the Republic of Togo, and the Republic of Sierra Leone. In addition, he has served in various capacities in Antananarivo, Madagascar; Conakry, Guinea; Nairobi, Kenya; Doha, Qatar; and Bridgetown, Barbados. In 1979, Johnny was assigned to Washington, D.C., where he served as career development officer in the Bureau of Personnel and executive director for the Office of the Inspector General before returning abroad to Amman, Jordan, and The Hague, Netherlands. Since retiring in February 2015, Johnny teaches English as a second language and citizenship and sits on a number of nonprofit boards.
Johnny holds a bachelor's degree from Temple University.