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National Geographic Leadership

Robert G. Young

Chief Financial Officer

Photograph by Becky Hale/National Geographic

As the chief financial officer at the National Geographic Society, Robert G. Young oversees the organization’s strategic financial planning, accounting, and budgeting. 

Young joined the Society with 20 years of financial and operational experience. Most recently, Young was the controller at American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, where he oversaw the organization’s accounting and finance. Prior to that, Young was vice president of finance at the Environmental Defense Fund, assistant controller at Tradeweb Markets, and an auditor at Quest Diagnostics and KPMG.

Young is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Accountants, where he has held several positions, including president of the northern New Jersey chapter. He is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, and most recently the National Society of Black Certified Public Accountants.

Young holds an executive M.B.A. from Rutgers Business School and a B.S. in accounting from Rutgers University-Newark.