Erike Young currently serves as the Global Safety Manager for Google, supporting 70 offices in over 40 countries and over 60,000 Googlers.
Prior to coming to Google, Erike was the Director of Environment, Health, and Safety for the University of California, Office of the President. As the Director of EH&S, Erike is responsible for providing system-wide direction, coordination, and assistance to the campuses, hospitals, and national laboratories in the development, implementation, and maintenance of polices, procedures and programs necessary to maintain a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students, patients, and all UC visitors.
Erike has also served as a Senior Consultant with Bickmore Risk Services, where he primarily worked with public sector organizations to establish an effective safety culture by integrating environmental and safety management into their operations. Mr. Young has presented and written several articles on the topic of safety culture, and developed a survey instrument to measure safety culture in public entities as part of his thesis work. As a consultant assigned to UC, he worked on several special projects, including assisting UCOP Office of Risk Services to develop key performance indicators and other operational metrics for use in the Enterprise Risk Management Information System (ERMIS).
Erike is a Board Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and has earned the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation. He is the past president of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Sacramento Chapter and is currently on the Board of Directors of the National Safety Management Society (NSMS). He is a recognized leader in the area of safety management and safety culture and has spoken at several national and regional conferences on the topic, including the Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association (VPPPA), ASSE, and NSMS. Most recently, Erike was recognized as the 2011 ASSE Region I (California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii) Safety Professonal of the Year and is nominated for the ASSE National Safety Professional of the Year Award. He earned his Master in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) from California State University, Sacramento and BA from the University of California, Davis.
In Erike’s spare time, he is actively involved in promoting and supporting public education. At the age of eighteen, Erike was elected to the El Dorado Union High School Board, making him the youngest elected official in California at the time. After serving the high school board, he was twice elected to the El Dorado County Board of Education and served on the Board of Directors of the California School Boards Association. Currently, Erike serves as a Trustee on the Rescue Union School District Board and is the Safety Officer for the Ponderosa Little League.