Stanford Board of Trustees elects Charles D. Young to a five-year term

The Stanford alumnus will join the board Dec. 1.

Charles D. Young, chief operating officer and executive vice president of Invitation Homes, has been elected to the Stanford Board of Trustees. He will begin a five-year term on Dec. 1.

Charles Young portrait

Charles D. Young, BA ’91, MBA ’03, chief operating officer and executive vice president of Invitation Homes, will join the Stanford Board of Trustees Dec. 1. (Image credit: Erika Dufour)

“With his experience leading organizations through change and other complex issues, Charles is an outstanding addition to the board. His record of service shows he cares deeply about Stanford’s commitment to supporting a vibrant learning community,” said Jeffrey Raikes, chair of the Board of Trustees. “He joins the board at a particularly exciting time, as the university works toward implementing its vision for the future.”

Young received his MBA in 2003 and his undergraduate degree in economics in 1991 from Stanford.

Since earning his degrees, Young has maintained a record of dedicated service to Stanford. He is a current member of the Graduate School of Business (GSB) Management Board and recently volunteered for his 15th GSB Reunion. He has served on the Humanities & Sciences (H&S) Council, the Stanford Athletics Board and the Alumni Committee on Trustee Nominations (ACTN). He was also a volunteer for Stanford Connects in Chicago. Young supports a variety of programs at Stanford, including Athletics, the GSB, H&S and the National Black Alumni Club Summit.

Prior to his present position, Young served as the chief operating officer of Starwood Waypoint Homes from 2015 until 2017, when it merged with Invitation Homes. Previously, he served as a senior division vice president of SWAY Management and as a regional vice president of Waypoint Real Estate Group HoldCo.

Young’s prior positions have included executive vice president at Mesa Development, where he spent a decade overseeing several large-scale residential mixed-use projects and iconic buildings in Chicago and Northern California. Before joining Mesa, he worked for Goldman Sachs in the real estate principal investment area (Whitehall) and its investment banking division. Young also co-founded and served as managing director of The Kaleidoscope Group, a strategic diversity and management consulting firm.

Before embarking on his business career, Young spent several years as a professional football player in the National Football League and the World Football league. He also played football for Stanford as an undergraduate.

Young is an independent board member of Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago.

He and his wife, Andrea Wishom-Young, have three children and reside in Chicago.