Alice Young

Alice Young

Aspen Institute Trustee, Founder, Alice Young Advisory LLC

Alice Young, Founder of Alice Young Advisory LLC, advises clients on Asia business strategies and potential business partners and resources. She retired as Partner and Chair of the Asia Pacific Practice of the law firm Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP after over 40 years of international law practice there and previously at Coudert Brothers, Graham & James (now Squire Patton Boggs) and Milbank Tweed.  

She served for 30 years as Independent Director of Mizuho Trust and Banking Co. (USA) and its predecessor bank, and also served as Independent Director and on the Audit, Risk Management and Corporate Governance Committees of Axis International Capital Holdings, Ltd., a NYSE company. 

Ms. Young was based in Hong Kong in the pioneering early 1970s, did her first China deal in 1979, and in 1981 was the first woman, minority and youngest partner to found and head a New York branch law office. She is conversant in Chinese, Japanese and French.

She is a Trustee of Aspen Institute and Trustee Emeritus of The Asia Foundation, a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Committee of 100, a Fellow of Yale University and Advisory Council member to AAPI New Jersey. She has been a speaker and commentator on US-Asia business and policy issues, leadership, womens empowerment, Asian American issues, entrepreneurship and education at global conferences and universities and in the media. She has received numerous awards for her corporate, mentoring and civic achievements. 

Ms. Young was in the first class of women at Yale College, a recipient of the 2020 Yale Medal,  and was one of the first Asian American women to graduate from Harvard Law School.  

She is married to Thomas Shortall, has two adult married children and two granddaughters, and splits her time between New Jersey, North Carolina (Charlotte) and Nevis, West Indies.