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Leading the future of Georgia’s nonprofits: Announcing this year’s 30 Under 30 honorees

ATLANTA — August 25, 2018The Georgia Center for Nonprofits and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) of Atlanta are proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Nonprofit Leader 30 Under 30 Awards program, continuing the four-year-old collaboration between two organizations supporting next-generation leaders for the local sector.

Nominations came in from across Georgia recognizing nonprofit professionals under the age of 30 who are making a powerful impact in their organizations, exhibiting outstanding leadership, innovation, and commitment. “Each of these professionals is not just improving their communities in the here and now, but ensuring that the nonprofit sector stays strong in the years and decades to come,” said Karen Beavor, president and CEO of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

Winners will be recognized at an exclusive awards reception on October 16th at Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, and will attend an exclusive professional development event led by GCN senior consultants in spring 2019.

“YNPN Atlanta’s focus is to help young nonprofit leaders build knowledge, reputation, and networks for their careers,” said Tiffany Coakley, Board Chair of YNPN Atlanta. “We highlight these rising stars through the annual 30 Under 30 Nonprofit Leaders Award program. This year’s recipients are continuing the tradition of hard work and dedication in their communities. Our 30 Under 30 leaders already have the seats: We are here to provide the table where more people can work together. The 2018 class is the next wave of nonprofit leaders making an impact here in Georgia, and with them, the nonprofit sector’s future will be bright.”

“The future of community service depends in a very real way on the sector’s young people,” said Beavor. “Beyond the mission impact they make possible, they serve as today’s role models and tomorrow’s mentors. That’s why we’re dedicated to supporting their growth and celebrating their contributions through initiatives like 30 Under 30.”


About the Georgia Center for Nonprofits

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits builds thriving communities by helping nonprofits succeed. Through a powerful mix of advocacy, solutions for nonprofit effectiveness, and insight building tools, GCN provides nonprofits, board members, and donors with the tools they need to strengthen organizations that make a difference on important causes throughout Georgia. Learn more at GCN.org, follow us on Twitter @GAnonprofits, and like us on Facebook.

About YNPN Atlanta

Founded in 2011, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Atlanta (YNPN Atlanta) advances the careers of young professionals in the Metro Atlanta area through networking, mentorship, career coaching, and leadership development opportunities. YNPN Atlanta sees an effective, viable, and inclusive nonprofit sector in Metro Atlanta that engages young professionals as an integral part of the nonprofit community, supporting these individuals in their growth and future leadership. YNPN Atlanta is a local chapter of the national Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, which includes over 40 chapters and represents over 50,000 young nonprofit professionals working in a variety of capacities. Find out more at www.ynpnatlanta.org.


Betsy Reid
Georgia Center for Nonprofits
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YNPN Atlanta
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2018 Nonprofit Leader 30 Under 30
Award Recipients

Sam Aleinikoff
Founder & Executive Director, College AIM

Annie Appleton
Development Director, Teach for America - Metro Atlanta 

Megan Arthur
Customer Relations & Enrollment Program Manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta 

Courtney Kay Ball
Special Education Teacher, Hillside Inc.

Emma Calabrese
Development Director, Synchronicity Theatre

Camellia Chandler
Annual Giving Manager, Atlanta Police Foundation

Chaz Chapman
Director of Talent & Branding, Agape Youth & Family Center

Kate Coffey
Business Development Manager, Georgia Chamber of Commerce 

Edmonia Doe
Executive Director, Zoe Safe House

Kathryn Ethridge
Corporate & Individual Giving Manager, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

Jossette Footmon-Smith
Program Director, VOX Teen Communications 

Fiona Freeman
Communications Coordinator, International Rescue Committee - Atlanta 

Allison Hahn
Assistant Director of Development & Alumni Services, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Foster Hayes
District Executive, Boy Scouts of America

Dominique Hite
Coordinator of Advancement and Alumni Services, Emory University

Mikaela Houghton
Office & Development Coordinator, Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network (GAIN)

Rachel Karabenli
Event Support Specialist, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 

Rachael Kurtz
Match Support Specialist, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta 

Asha Cobb Jones
Bi-Lingual Program Assistant, General Board of Global Ministries 

Lene Sabin Nichols
Controller, Atlanta Ballet

Brittney Palmer
Senior Program Specialist, Atlanta Regional Commission 

Vanja Pantic-Oflazoglu
International Program Manager, Welcoming America

Latia Richards
Founder & CEO, Vandergriff Cares, Inc.

Lauren Rock
Director of Young Professional Engagement, United Way of Greater Atlanta 

Starr Smith
Program Manager, Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

Myriah Sparks
Co-Founder, College Has Its Life Lessons (CHILL)

Hannah Testa
Founder, Hannah4Change

Aroona Toor
Project Manager, American Cancer Society

Trecinia Wiggins
Development & Employee Engagement Manager, EarthShare of Georgia 

Racheal Woods
Senior Project Manager, Greening Youth Foundation