Home > Thirty young professionals leading the future of Georgia’s nonprofits: Announcing this year’s 30 Under 30 award winners

Thirty young professionals leading the future of Georgia’s nonprofits: Announcing this year’s 30 Under 30 award winners

ATLANTA — December 7, 2017.  The Georgia Center for Nonprofits and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) of Atlanta are proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Nonprofit Leader 30 Under 30 Awards program, continuing the four-year-old collaboration between two organizations dedicated to serving the local nonprofit 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 Feb. 5, 2018 at Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, and will take part in an exclusive professional development event led by GCN senior consultants.

Tiffany Coakley, Board Chair of YNPN Atlanta, calls the 30 Under 30 program a rare opportunity: “It is not often that rising stars get recognition in the beginning of their careers. YNPN Atlanta's focus is to help provide a ‘seat at the table’ for our nonprofit community. Our 30 Under 30 leaders already have the seats; we are here to provide the table where more people can work together. We know these 30 leaders will continue to make waves, and we are happy to be one of the first to recognize and challenge them to continue to be extraordinary.”

“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.”

Find out more about the recipients of the 2017 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.


Betsy Reid

Georgia Center for Nonprofits


[email protected]

YNPN Atlanta

[email protected]





2017 Nonprofit Leader 30 Under 30
Award Recipients

Maya Brown
Campaign Manager, Vital Outreach Foundation

Tiffany Janelle Brown
Founder, The Young Belle Project, Inc.

Dante Brown
IT Coordinator, Points of Light Foundation

Alex Camardelle
Program Assistant for Family Economic Success, Annie E. Casey Foundation

James Robert Carnes
Managing Editor, The reThink Group

Dane Caston
Co-Founder, World Peace Connection

Jordan Crews
Owner/Founder, CrewsArtsGames

Emily Cumbie-Drake
Director of Programs, Georgia Organics

Zobida Janne Dat
Manager of Special Events & Volunteers, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy

Margaret Derby
Program Manager, Innovation, CARE USA

Ashleigh Harris
Special Events Coordinator, Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta

Caitlin King
General Manager, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Mikayla Lofton
Advancement Coordinator, Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School

Sam Martinez
Director, College Innovation, Goodie Nation

Lenora Oeters
Senior Manager, Distinguished Events, American Cancer Society

Ufuoma Ogaga
Board Treasurer/Controller, Destiny's Daughters of Promise

Teni-Ola Adunni Ogunjobi
Community Engagement Associate, Global Village Project

Tommy Pearce
Consultant, Georgia Center for Nonprofits

Benjamin Sperling
Chief Operating Officer & Co-founder, Next Generation Men & Women

Rachel Stanley
Development Coordinator, Tapestri

Whitney Stovall
International Program Manager & Founder, United Methodist Committee on Relief & Hello My Name is KING, Inc.

Martice Sutton
Founder, Girls Going Global

Madeline Tapper
Manager, Knowledge Development, United Way of Greater Atlanta

JoVantries Tolliver
Volunteer Coordinator, Rainbow Village

Maithri Priya Vangala
Chief of Staff, TechBridge

Adrienne Vinson Waddey
Associate Director of Development, Oxford College, Emory University

Yvonne Wagner
Lead Community Food Systems Coordinator, Atlanta Community Food Bank

Joshua R. Woods
Campaign Manager, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Hunter W. Woodworth
Development Executive, Boy Scouts of America

Javan Wyche
Program Coordinator, Purpose Built Schools