April Young joined Hercules in 2011 as Managing Director and is based in the company’s McLean, VA offices. Hercules is the leading specialty finance company focused on providing senior secured loans to venture capital-backed companies in technology-related markets, including technology, biotechnology, life science, energy and renewable technology industries, at all stages of development.
Young brings more than 15 of venture banking experience to her current role, having previously served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, US for MMVF, a Toronto-based venture debt fund, responsible for developing and implementing that company’s expansion strategy in the United States.
Prior to joining MMV, Young was with Comerica Bank for 10 years as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Mid-Atlantic Technology and Life Sciences Division. Earlier in her career, she was Executive Director of the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, and Senior Fellow for Regional Economic Development at George Mason University’s Institute for Public Policy.
Prior to that, Young was Director of the Virginia Department of Economic Development and also served as Executive Director of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority during the period when Northern Virginia emerged as a global technology center.
Young holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Saint Louis University and a B.A. and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from The George Washington University. She has served as director of many professional organizations including the International Economic Development Council, Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, Northern Virginia Technology Counsel, the Florida Venture Forum, the Association for Corporate Growth, and Greater Philadelphia’s PACT. She is a co-founder of Mindshare, an exclusive, invitation-only program for CEOs that for nearly 20 years has provided mentoring, a sense of community and a spirit of innovation in the region to some of the region’s hottest early stage companies.
Young is also Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Five Talents International, a Christian micro-finance organization. Young has received numerous honors for her involvement in the tech community, including Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Northern Virginia Technology Association and Women in Technology. She has been named to the Washingtonian’s list of 100 most powerful women as well as one of the magazine’s Tech Titans.