Patrick W. Lawler, CEO

Patrick Lawler

Chief Executive Officer

In 2006, U.S. News & World Report recognized Mr. Lawler as one of “America’s Best Leaders” in conjunction with the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

In 2009, Harvard Business School completed a case study examining Youth Villages’ growth and impact, and exploring the organization’s innovative treatment approach, use of research in program development and targeted growth strategies. The case was written for inclusion in an HBS course called “Leading and Governing Highly Effective Nonprofit Organizations,” which teaches what it takes to be an organization that does innovative and highly effective work. Mr. Lawler is a frequent guest lecturer at Harvard Business School and Columbia University about the Youth Villages approach.

Also in 2009, the White House cited Youth Villages as an example of “effective, innovative non-profits” that are “high-impact, result-oriented” organizations. The White House listed Youth Villages with three other organizations that offer “promising ideas that are transforming communities.”

Mr. Lawler’s entire career has been spent working with society’s most vulnerable children. He began as a counselor at Tall Trees Guidance School when he was 18 years old and then worked at the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County for five years before becoming CEO of Youth Villages.

A member of the Bank of Bartlett Board and the St. Francis Hospital Board, and the Society of Entrepreneurs.

MS, Memphis State University, Counseling, 1981; BA, Memphis State University, Criminal Justice, 1977

Enjoys swimming, reading and biking and spending time with his wife, Ellen; his daughter, Brooke; his son, Brad; and his grandsons, Cooper and Luke.