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Young ’83 Joins Thomas Jefferson Foundation

YoungMelissa Young ’83, left the Law School Foundation in April to become vice president for external affairs of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., the private, nonprofit corporation that owns and operates Monticello. She will oversee Monticello’s development, public affairs, and communications departments. Her new email address is

Young joined the Foundation in 2002 as associate executive director and chief operating officer. She was then promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer with direct supervisory responsibilities over annual giving, communications, the treasurer’s office, and alumni relations.

“Melissa has done an excellent job serving as Law School Foundation liaison with the Dean over the last four years,” said David Ibbeken, Foundation president and chief executive officer. “Her administrative skills insulated the development staff from day to day operational problems, freeing them to do what is necessary to sustain our high levels of private support. We are grateful to her and wish her well in her important assignment at Monticello.”

“We will miss Melissa’s organizational skill, tenacity, and deep passion for the Law School,” said Dean John C. Jeffries, Jr. ’73. “She is leaving the Foundation in wonderful shape and should be very proud.”

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