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ELEVATED DEVELOPMENT CONCEPTS (EDC) was started in 2021 by Founder and Principal Rashad Young as a leadership development and strategic advisory services firm. Young delivers career coaching to mid to senior level executives who want to develop their leadership acumen and advance their career. EDC also provides consulting services to primarily local government and educational institutions on the most pressing policy and strategic issues that these organizations are facing today. With over 20 years of senior leadership and executive management experience, Young has a passion for sharing what he has learned throughout his career with others.

Whether you are looking to develop yourself further within your career, seeking guidance on how to solve complex challenges within your organization, or in need of consulting services for specific mid to long-term projects, EDC has the insight and perspective to accomplish your goals.


Rashad Young

Founder and Principal

Rashad Young began ELEVATED DEVELOPMENT CONCEPTS (EDC) in 2021 after recognizing his passion to help others.


Young has served as a senior executive in numerous cities across the country as well as a senior administrator in higher education. Having led five jurisdictions in three states as well as the District of Columbia, Young has managed workforces totaling thousands of employees, developed budgets in the billions of dollars and has expertise in a wide range of local government and higher education management, program, and policy areas.


Young served as the longest City Administrator in Washington, D.C. where he managed and directed the day to day operations of a government of 35,000 employees and a budget of 16 billion. Young ensured efficient, accountable and well-managed service delivery to all residents, businesses and visitors on behalf of the Mayor. His focus areas included: improving the District’s government operations and oversight, providing for continuous quality improvements in government programs and services, ensuring responsibility and transparency in the budgeting process and improving interagency coordination, collaboration and communication.

Young also led the cities of Alexandria VA and Greensboro NC as its City Manager having been the first African American to hold the position.

Young is heralded for developing performance management systems that focus on the effective and efficient delivery of city services by building systems that help government become more transparent and civically engaged, outcome based and customer focused.


Young received his bachelor’s degree in business management and MBA from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. He has also served as a national board member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), and has been a credentialed manager and member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

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