Johnathan Young, PhD, JD

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder

Jonathan Young is Executive Vice President and COO of Akero Therapeutics, a company he co-founded to advance promising new therapeutics to treat metabolic disease. Jonathan joined Apple Tree Partners as a Venture Partner in 2016, and has more than 15 years of experience in drug development, biotech law, and public policy. Prior to joining ATP, Jonathan served as General Counsel and Vice President of Policy/Advocacy at Braeburn Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an ATP portfolio company. He previously worked as Partner and General Counsel of FoxKiser, a Washington, D.C. law firm specializing in regulatory approval and life cycle management for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Jonathan was appointed by President Barack Obama, and confirmed by the US Senate, to serve as Chairman of the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency advising the President and Congress on disability policy, and previously coordinated White House disability policy for President Bill Clinton. Jonathan earned a PhD in American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a JD from Yale Law School.