Executive Director Shawna Young 

TIP executive director Shawna Young

Shawna Young is a passionate educator and leader who joined Duke TIP in July 2016 after serving as the executive director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) for eight years. As TIP’s executive director, she leads a team of 80 full-time and over a thousand seasonal staff members. 

At MIT’s OEOP, Shawna oversaw the program’s strategic planning process, operational budget, program evaluation, advisory boards, and the stewardship of current funders. Under her direction, the OEOP doubled its student enrollment, which was focused on serving the nation’s most talented students from underrepresented and underserved communities. Before joining the OEOP, she managed the Diversity Initiative at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she focused on increasing the number of underrepresented students who pursue careers in genomics through programs at the secondary, undergraduate, postdoctoral, and professorate levels. Prior to joining the Broad Institute, Shawna worked at the Educational Development Center in online curriculum development, taught science for several years at public high schools in North Carolina, and worked at GE Plastics. She received a BS in Chemistry from Howard University and an MAT in Science Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also completed a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Boston University and holds an MBA from MIT Sloan. In addition, she serves on advisory boards for the William and Ida Friday Institute for Education Innovation and the National Girls Collaborative.

Staff Overview

Duke TIP has a dedicated staff of eighty full-time professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including education, curriculum, communications, marketing, finance, and technology. Together, the TIP staff enriches the lives of over 450,000 gifted students each year. 

The best way to reach a staff member to assist you is to email or call (919) 668-9100 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Your question will be immediately routed to the person in the best position to help you.