Our History

In 1999, at the urging of former Jefferson County Judge-Executive Rebecca Jackson, a group of young professionals came together to support attraction and retention efforts of young professionals in the community. The initial goal of the group was to convince young professionals to stay in Louisville, where they could make a great difference in their community. They worked with elected officials and community leaders to serve as a voice for this demographic. This work continues as YPAL partners with Metro Government, Greater Louisville Inc., Leadership Louisville Center and countless other organizations to increase awareness of issues affecting young professionals, as well as activate young professionals to make a difference in the community.

Our Founding Directors:

Cynthia Spalding Knapek – Chair
Christy Ames – Chair Elect
James Davis – Treasurer
Todd Schmiedeler – Secretary
Walter Ashley Hess – Incorporator
Jim Sheehy – Director
Julie Padgett – Director
Kurt Maddox – Director
Lynn Huffman – Director
Heather Gibbs – Director
James Davis – Director
Katherine Cornwell – Director

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