Thirty Georgia Nonprofit Pros Honored with "30 Under 30" Awards

August 29, 2014
| by Editor |

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) of Atlanta are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Nonprofit Leader “30 Under 30” Awards program, a collaboration of GCN and YNPN Atlanta. 

Nominations for the awards were accepted from across Georgia to recognize 30 young nonprofit professionals who are making a powerful impact in their organizations by exhibiting outstanding leadership, innovation, and commitment in their community work. GCN and YNPN Atlanta believe each of these professionals is making strides to improve not only their communities but the nonprofit sector as a whole.

Winners will be recognized at an exclusive September event at MailChimp headquarters, part of GCN's week of Nonprofit Field Trips, where they will meet with a panel of young nonprofit CEOs and alumni of the 30 Under 30 Awards program. They will also receive recognition at the YNPN Atlanta NextGen Breakfast in October at The Commerce Club, where they will have in-depth conversations with some of Atlanta’s top nonprofit professionals.

2014 Nonprofit Leader 30 Under 30 Award Recipients

Tayo Adeyefa | Development Coordinator, National Kidney Foundation

Jewel Anderson | Career and Alumni Services Specialist, YearUp

Lindsay Ayers | Youth Market Director, American Heart Association

Kristyn Back | Development Associate, Park Pride

Marianne S. Burke | Counselor, The Community School

Rachel Van Buskirk | Company Dancer, Atlanta Ballet

Julianna Cagle | Development Officer, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Shirley Anne Cruz | Manager of Volunteer Support, Recognition & Resolutions, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

Jacqueline Edwards | Director of Partnerships, Medic Mobile

Russell Gottschalk | Director and Founder, Atlanta Jewish Music Festival

Hannah Grady | Associate Campaign Manager, Coxe Curry & Associates

Christina Graff | Director of Programs, kidz2leaders, Inc.

Andrew Heacox | Assistant Director, Boys & Girls Club of America

Adena Hill | Advocacy Coordinator, Atlanta Community Food Bank

Danielle Hunt | Director of Finance & Operations, Scottdale Child Development & Family Resource Center

Amy Kane | Director, Core Programs, Rheumatology Research Foundation

Becky Katz | Park Visioning Coordinator, Park Pride

Elyse Klova | Training Specialist, Foundation Center

Jessie Matheson | Education Director, The Wren’s Nest

Jake Maguire | Director of Communications, Community Solutions/100,000 Homes Campaign

Johanna McCrehan | Urban Designer, Georgia Conservancy

Kathy Ortstadt | Executive Director, Ian’s Friends Foundation

Rebecca Pogue| Program Coordinator, Arts for Learning, Woodruff Arts Center

Amelia Quinn | Founder and President, BeLoved Atlanta

Leigh Tenewitz | Director of Communications and Government Affairs, March of Dimes

Lara Wagner | President, Skylight Consulting

Eldredge E. Washington | Executive Director, M.A.D.E.

Kai Williamson | Executive Director, Youth Enhancement Services

Sigele Winbush | Public Relations Manager, Atlanta Ballet

Allison Young | Social Media/Website Manager, Atlanta Community Food Bank

“At GCN, we know that the future of our sector rides on the wave of young leadership,” said Karen Beavor, president and CEO of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. “We’re dedicated to celebrating and supporting them – through recognition for their outstanding contributions and with professional development and network-building opportunities though initiatives like “30 Under 30.”

“In national surveys, young nonprofit professionals consistently point to limited opportunities for professional development and burn-out as primary factors that hinder their work or even cause them to leave the sector,” said Molly Friesenborg, Board Chair of YNPN Atlanta. “YNPN Atlanta provides opportunities like the Nonprofit Leader 30 Under 30 Awards to recognize outstanding young leaders and provide them with the professional development and the supportive, diverse networks they need to make meaningful change in their communities.”

Learn more about the 30 Under 30 Awards program at

Tom Zimmerman is communications manager at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and editor of NOW Blog.

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