meet your mayor
Mayor Paul Young
Paul Young is a Memphian, father of two, husband to Dr. Jamila Smith-Young and the son of Pastor Dianne Young and the late Bishop William Young of the Memphis Healing Center. Young has spent the last decade improving quality of life in Memphis by advancing housing security and fostering healthy neighborhoods where families can thrive.
Growing up in the Oakhaven neighborhood, Young learned at an early age that there were two Memphises – one ripe with opportunity and prosperity, and another lacking resources and safe neighborhoods. Determined to bridge this divide, Young pursued a career focused on building a Memphis that works for every resident. As the President of the Downtown Memphis Commission and the former Director of Housing and Community Development for the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development, Young applied a holistic approach to unifying the city through public and private partnerships and targeted investments in our future.
Memphis has grown under Young’s leadership and our economy is stronger, but moving the city forward requires strategic investments in public safety, infrastructure, and the potential of our greatest asset – our people.
Each Friday, Mayor Paul Young sends his Weekly Update to more than 30,000 constituents. His goal is to celebrate our momentum while describing precisely what we’re doing about our challenges.