As Women’s History Month draws to a close, I’d like to take time to honor my dear friend, Dr. Nancy Young.
California residents may recognize Nancy as the mayor of Tracy, which is the second most populated city in San Joaquin County. Nancy has been the mayor since 2020. She was recently re-elected in 2022.
Nancy has long been dedicated to serving her community by crossing political, racial, and economic boundaries to help others grow and flourish.
Her interest in community service started in childhood. As an adolescent, Nancy spent time tutoring and mentoring other students. She also volunteered regularly at senior convalescent homes.
After graduating from high school, she earned a B.A. in Mass Communications from UC Berkeley, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a Doctorate in Theology from Good News Seminary and Bible College.
When she became a mother, Nancy jumped into her children’s education, serving as a school volunteer, homeschool teacher, class mom, and math tutor. As her children grew, Nancy remained a steadfast supporter of their activities, sports, and entrepreneurial endeavors.
Nancy founded numerous mentor groups, including a youth group in Fremont, Women of Integrity, Living on Purpose Mentoring in Tracy, and was a Mentor Lead for the Student Discovery Program at Kimball High.
Nancy and her husband, James, moved their family to Tracy in 2006. She immediately became involved in the Tracy community, being an active member of such civic organizations as the Boys and Girls Club of Tracy, the Tracy African American Association, the Tracy Golden Agers, and Tracy Kiwanis.
Before becoming mayor, Nancy served on the City Council for eight years. She was also appointed as the first African American Mayor Pro Tempore before becoming the city’s first female elected and first African American Mayor in 2020.
These days, you can find Nancy serving her community as Tracy’s mayor or spending time with her family, which now includes four adult children, four step-children, and seven grandchildren.
As you can see from the above, Dr. Nancy Young has led a remarkable life serving her family and community. The Young family is now three generations deep to thrive in Tracy, helping it become an even better place to live, work, and play.
As impressive as all that is, I want to acknowledge the integral role Nancy has played in my life.
Nancy Young and I met in the medical industry and have known each other for over 25 years. Long before she became the mayor of Tracy, Nancy, I, and my family attended His Image Ministries, where she and her husband are both pastors.
Nancy has also been integral to my entrepreneurial life, including my first event planning business, gift basket business, home-based daycare and preschool, and At Ease Family Solutions, a Nanny and Household Staffing Agency. She was the silent executive administrator for all my businesses at their many stages. She has been one of my biggest cheerleaders, and she offered the guidance, support, and encouragement I needed to pursue my dream of entrepreneurship.
Nancy has been a role model for my family as much as she has been one for the many families whose lives have been touched by her work in Tracy. You will often hear her say, “Your voice matters!” These words are more than just words for Nancy – they are a passionate battle cry that encourages men, women, families, businesses, and everyone else to follow their dreams and make a difference in their communities.
We honor Dr. Nancy Young and all women for working hard, building businesses, being mothers, caring for children as nannies, and serving their communities. Thank you for everything you do!