SPOTLIGHT: Louisiana Black History Makers
Shalanda Delores Young
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Shalanda Delores Young (born August 29, 1977) is an American political advisor who has made history as the first Black woman to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She was born in Zachary, Louisiana, and raised in Clinton, Louisiana. Young received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans and a Master of Health Administration from Tulane University.
Young's political career began in Washington, D.C., where she became a Presidential Management Fellow with the National Institutes of Health. For 14 years, she worked as a staffer for the United States House Committee on Appropriations, and in February 2017, she was named staff director of the committee. As staff director, she created proposals for the 2018-2019 United States federal government shutdown and the federal government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, Young was nominated for the position of deputy director of the OMB and was confirmed by the United States Senate. She then served as the acting director until she was officially established. When the nomination of Neera Tanden for OMB director faced opposition, Democrats in the Congressional Black Caucus and the New Democrat Coalition endorsed Young for the position. She received support from various Senate Republicans, including Senate Appropriations Committee ranking member Richard Shelby, and was confirmed by the United States Senate in a 61-36 vote.
Young's appointment to the OMB is historic and sends a strong message that this Administration is eager to work closely with members of Congress to create budgets that address the challenges of our time. Her background, experience, and leadership have made her a valuable addition to the OMB and a role model for young women and people of color in the political field.
In March 2022, Young was confirmed by the United States Senate as OMB director with a vote of 61-36. Since then, she has served in this position and received support from various senators, including Senate Appropriations Committee ranking member Richard Shelby from Alabama.