Forever Young Foundation
Founded in 1993 by NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl MVP Steve Young, Forever Young Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that serves children facing significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges. Funds raised further our efforts to provide academic, athletic, and therapeutic opportunities currently unavailable to these children.
Forever Young Foundation primarily focuses our efforts in Northern California, Arizona, Utah, and Ghana, Africa. Our development projects include Forever Young Zones, which provide technology and multimedia labs for those living in underserved communities as well as state-of-the-art interactive play areas in children's hospitals. We have also partnered with the National Football League in their nationwide development of Youth Education Town Centers (YET Centers) in each Super Bowl city. Our international initiatives include the building and expansion of schools in Ghana, Africa, as well as enhancing health, educational, and athletic opportunities for Ghanaian youth.
Board of Trustees
Steve and Barb Young - Founder and Co-Chairs of the Board
Mr. Gay is a Co-founder and an Executive Director of Palo Alto, California-based private equity firm HGGC with $1.1 billion in committed capital under management. He has accepted a leadership position with the LDS Church, but continues to serve as a member of HGGC's Investment Committee.
Mr. Gay has been involved in the private equity business since 1986. From 1989 - 2004, he served as a Managing Director of Bain Capital. He was one of the firm's senior partners and served as a member of its Management and Business Policy committees. He also led many of the firm's investments and oversaw Bain Capital Europe where he opened the firm's London and Munich offices.
Mr. Gay resigned as a full-time partner from Bain Capital when his church asked him to take a volunteer assignment as its Mission President for the countries of Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Liberia from July 2004 to July 2007.
Mr. Gay has actively been involved in humanitarian work all his business life. In 2001 he co-founded Unitus, a global micro-credit company, which is currently helping lift 9 million people across the world out of poverty. Unitus has been recognized world wide and for the last three years has received the prestigious Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist award naming it one of the top 45 social capital companies in the USA. Mr. Gay has also funded KOMART, a micro-credit organization serving West Africa. He is currently a Board member of three global charities: Right to Play, Forever Young, and Realizing the Dream.
Mr. Gay started in private equity when he joined GE Capital from McKinsey & Co. where he was an Engagement Manager. At GE he was Executive Vice President of the GECC Capital Markets group. He also formed and organized Sorenson Capital, a middle-market private equity firm, and was a member of its Advisory Board.
Mr. Gay graduated in 1982 with a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University where he also taught economics for two years. Mr. Gay graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an A.B. from the University of Utah.
Mr. Lawson is a Managing Partner, Co-Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Palo Alto, California-based private equity firm HGGC with $1.1 billion in committed capital under management. He is also a member of the firm's Executive and Policy and Investment Committees and has extensive private equity investment and operational experience primarily in a broad range of technology-related industries.
Mr. Lawson serves or has served as Chairman of the Board of HGGC portfolio companies Hybris Software, MyWebGrocer, Innovative Interfaces, SkyRiver Technology Solutions, iCongo and Sunquest Information Systems. He also serves as a director on the boards of the Capital Impact Foundation, San Francisco Zoological Society, Wasatch Adaptive Sports and the Forever Young Foundation, an organization that is a primary benefactor of HGGC's carried interest proceeds used to support extensive philanthropic work in children's causes around the world.
Prior to the forming HGGC, Mr. Lawson was a co-founder, Managing Director and member of the original four-person board of directors of the general partner of Sorenson Capital Partners, L.P. While at Sorenson Capital, Mr. Lawson was involved in all phases of the private equity firm's development since its founding and had responsibility for originating, managing and exiting investments across a number of industries in middle market companies.
Prior to co-founding Sorenson Capital, Mr. Lawson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Found, Inc., a Bain Capital portfolio company that provided e-commerce software and inventory management solutions to major retailers and manufacturers. Mr. Lawson began his investment career in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley and worked in the New York and Tokyo, Japan, offices as a member of the Corporate Finance and Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring Departments.
Mr. Lawson received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Amherst College.
Junior Bryant most recently served as co-founder, Vice-President and co-Managing Director of Smith & Bryant, Inc., a real estate investment company. Junior had overall management responsibility for Smith & Bryant's funding activity with a specific focus on investment origination and selection, strategic placement, business development and investor relations.
Junior has actively invested in real estate development, emerging software, and innovative technology projects since 1996.
A veteran of the National Football League, Mr. Bryant retired from the San Francisco 49ers in 2003, after a successful ten year career as a defensive lineman. Mr. Bryant earned a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and currently serves on the board of the Forever Young Foundation.
Gayla Compton would love to save the world.
Short of that, she is actively managing the Maverick Foundation, the Compton’s own family foundation, engaged in encouraging people around the world and here at home to use their power and resource to improve their lives and others. Desire to both give and participate go hand in hand. Degrees and an early career in the social sciences have aided into the insight of these pursuits.
Family-focused, Gayla, along with her husband Kevin, are involved in several endeavors. At the local level, they support and participate in the ongoing educational and athletic pursuits of Valley Christian Schools in San Jose and of Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto.
Youth and collegiate sports are also a focus, with consideration given to the value of doing one’s best in all activities. They are involved with scholar-athletes at both the University of Notre Dame and Duke University. They are also active in scholarships for the Bay Areas’ Positive Coaching Alliance, with Gayla serving on the selection committee. The Sharks Foundation and The Aubri Brown Club are recipients of time and effort, as well.
Opportunity International, a faith-based micro-finance group, has been a longtime focal point, with Kevin and Gayla chairing the successful “Banking on Africa” capital campaign and travelling to various sub-Saharan countries to monitor the activity there. The growth of businesses, and the subsequent growth of individuals and families continue to resonate there. Gayla continues to work with the education arm of the same organization. They, together and individually, have been seated on advisory boards, financial, directional, and philanthropic, in various organizations, and have most recently taken a role on the board of the United States Olympic Committee.
As a team, they have continued to be active in their church and their community, giving, teaching, volunteering, coaching, tutoring, and fundraising. Gayla has also volunteered at Stanford Hospital and Clinics for the past several years.
A passion for not only helping, but helping others to help themselves, Gayla and Kevin both desire nothing more than to empower others to continue the good work.