About Washington Youson, Jr.
Washington Youson Jr. was born, raised and still resides on the east-side of Detroit, where he has been dedicated to public service and better government since 2005. Growing up in a Democratic, union household, with a mother who worked for Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and a father who was in the construction trades, Washington learned the value of hard work at an early age. He is a proud product of DPS, ultimately graduating from Cass Tech. His calling to public service began while serving the students of Wayne County Community College District as Student Government President.
After transferring to the University of Detroit-Mercy to study accounting, he served as Legislative Aide and Community Liaison in the Michigan State Senate. In 2010, Washington managed then-State Senator Hansen Clarke’s successful campaign for U.S. Congress. As a result, he was selected to lead Congressman Clarke’s congressional transitional team and was later appointed as the Congressman’s District Director which made him the second ranking member of Rep. Clarke’s executive staff and one the youngest district directors in the House of Representatives. While serving the residents of Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, Washington had a myriad of jobs, managing the budgets and operations across both the District office and in Washington, DC.
In 2013, Washington left the federal government in order to utilize the skills, knowledge, and relationships he had acquired, in an effort to help develop and grow the small business landscape in his beloved city. He serves his community with the non-profit organization he helped co-found, PartnershipUs, on the Executive Board of the Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus, and as a State Central Delegate from the 14th Congressional District.