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The Future of Georgia’s Nonprofits Honored with “30 Under 30” Awards

ATLANTA November 1, 2016.  The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) of Atlanta are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Nonprofit Leader “30 Under 30” Awards program, a collaboration between two organizations dedicated to serving the local nonprofit sector.

Nominations were accepted from across Georgia for the awards, recognizing nonprofit professionals under the age of 30 who are making a powerful impact in their organizations through outstanding leadership, innovation, and commitment. GCN and YNPN Atlanta believe each of these professionals improves not only their communities, but the nonprofit sector as a whole.

Winners will be recognized at an exclusive awards reception in January at Junior Achievement's Chick-fil-A Discovery Center, and will take part in an exclusive professional development event organized by GCN and YNPN Atlanta.

“At GCN, we know that the future of our sector depends on the efforts of extraordinary young leaders,” said Karen Beavor, president and CEO of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. “That’s why we’re dedicated to supporting their growth, building their networks, and celebrating their contributions – all of which come together in initiatives like ‘30 Under 30.’”

“With limited budgets, many nonprofits struggle to provide young staff with opportunities for recognition and professional development,” said Lauren Jeong, board chair of YNPN Atlanta. ”The ‘30 Under 30’ Awards spotlight rising nonprofit professionals and the contributions they have made to their organizations and communities, while providing this outstanding group with exclusive professional development experiences.”

Find out more about the recipients of the 2016 Nonprofit Leader “30 Under 30” Awards.

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.


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David Terraso
Communications Director
Georgia Center for Nonprofits
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Rachel Ciprotti
YNPN Marketing Chair
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2016 "30 Under 30" Award Recipients

Alexis Richbourg | Development Director Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Wesley Myrick | Senior Adviser and VP, Board of Directors One 2 One Educational Support, Inc.
Guen Han | Director of Development, Welcoming America
Tiffany Coakley District Director Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Heather Stockdale | CEO and Co-Founder Georgia Cares CEO and Co-Founder
Corby Herschman | Director of Development, Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta
Sara Berney | Executive Director, Wholesome Wave Georgia
Lauren Carson | Executive Director and Founder, Black Girls Smile, Inc
Jennifer Hite | Senior Program Coordinator, Emory University
Allison Hood | Development Director, VOX Teen Communications
Jordyne Krumroy | Communications & Outreach Manager, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
Erica Thomas | State Representative, Georgia House of Representatives, Speak Out Loud
Rochelle Smalls | Development Director, America Heart Association
Brianna Alexander | Community Volunteer Manager, United Way of Greater Atlanta
Steven Sainz | Executive Director, Camden Family Connection
Zach Nikonovich-Kahn | Public Policy Advocate, Families First
Elise Blasingame | Executive Director, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia
Malika Whitley | Founder and CEO, ChopArt
Nicole Morado | Consultant, Georgia Center for Nonprofits
Natalia Barreto |  Associate Director, Development The Carter Center
Maya Chaudhuri | Senior Investigator and Intake Manager, Southern Center for Human Rights
Jesse Grossman | Founder, Community Bucket Founder  
Veronda Ford | Executive Director and Founder, Cultivating Healthier Options in Communities Everywhere International Incorporated 
Sarah Garnitz | Communications Director, Atlanta Teen Voices VOX 
Brandon Fleming | Philosophy & Political Science Instructor, The Ron Clark Academy
Jillian Madden | Development Director, Midtown Assistance Center
Julian Smart-Rimple | Education Director, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta
Jewel Thompson | Small Business Program Coordinator, Operation Hope, Inc.
Jasper Preston |  Program Coordinator, Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness
Brittney Henry | Executive Assistant to Chief Development Officer, United Way of Greatner Atlanta