YouthBuild USA Hires New Director of Advocacy and Policy

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

SOMERVILLE, Mass., March 4, 2019 — Doug Ierley has joined the non-profit organization YouthBuild USA as its director of advocacy and policy, where he will be tasked with managing federal legislative support for out-of-school, unemployed young people to reclaim their education, gain job skills and become leaders in their communities.

Ierley brings a wealth of knowledge to YouthBuild USA, with experience in law, government, international relations and workforce development. He was an attorney in the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2005 to 2007 and joined U.S. Senator Jim Webb’s (D-Va) office in 2007 as counsel, focusing on criminal justice, labor, workforce and economic issues until 2013. Most recently, he turned to youth development and education, leading pilot GED classes for the Montgomery County Drug Court in Maryland and assisting opportunity youth at the Latin American Youth Center Career Academy in Washington, D.C. as a teacher and career advisor.

“Doug is a well-rounded professional who will use his intimate knowledge of the government landscape to passionately and adeptly lead YouthBuild’s advocacy and policy outreach,” said John Valverde, CEO of YouthBuild USA. “He knows the challenges that our students face and, more importantly, he knows how essential it is to support them in transforming their lives. We couldn’t be happier to have him as part of the YouthBuild USA team.”

As a member of YouthBuild USA’s advocacy and policy team, Doug will focus on the protection and expansion of the U.S. Department of Labor’s YouthBuild authorization and appropriation, as well as federal legislation. He will work closely with YouthBuild USA’s Chief Public Policy Officer David Abromowitz on shaping YouthBuild’s policy agenda.

YouthBuild programs help unemployed and out-of-school young people ages 16 to 24 attain their High School Equivalency (HSE) or high school diploma. During that time, they also learn career skills by building affordable housing and other community assets in their neighborhoods while engaging in community service and leadership training. Graduates leave prepared for success in postsecondary education, careers and registered apprenticeships — and as a part of a strong and supportive global community.

Joining YouthBuild USA gives me the opportunity to fuel my passion for youth development,” Ierley said. “I look forward to using my GED classroom experience with young adults to be a better advocate on their behalf. I couldn’t be more excited, and I am thankful to be part of such a talented and committed organization.”

Ierley received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Oregon. He earned a certificate in modern standard Arabic from the Arabic Language Institute for Foreigners in Damascus, Syria, and was a fellow in the Institute of International Economic Law at the Georgetown University Law Center.

About YouthBuild USA

YouthBuild USA is the non-profit support center for 360 local YouthBuild programs operating in 23 countries, with 260 programs in 44 U.S. states and 100 programs in 22 other countries. In YouthBuild programs, unemployed, low-income, and out-of-school young people ages 16 to 24 work toward their high school diploma or equivalency, while learning job skills by building affordable housing and other community assets in their neighborhoods and engaging in community service and leadership training. Proven effective by the most rigorous program evaluation research, YouthBuild’s comprehensive model gives graduates the confidence and tools they need to become strong, responsible, and ethical young leaders. For more information, visit