Harvard Kennedy School Alums and Student Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List

January 6, 2017
By Doug Gavel

Several Harvard Kennedy School alumni and one current student have been named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, celebrating “the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers” in fields ranging from education to law and policy.

Among this year’s honorees are Kate Aitken MPP/MBA 2016, chief of staff for federal policy and federal affairs at Airbnb, lauded for her efforts to develop “policies and products to combat discrimination in the on-demand housing service’s host network.” Prarthna Desai MPP/MBA 2019 was cited for her work at Zipline, using drones to deliver medication in developing countries.

Sara Minkara MPP 2014, who is the founder of Empowerment through Integration, makes the list of 30 Under 30 social entrepreneurs for her work with blind children in Lebanon. Becoming legally blind as a child due to macular degeneration, Minkara has dedicated her life to providing a voice for blind youth, helping to provide them with the sort of support she had growing up in the United States. Among the programs she has founded are a summer camp for both sighted and blind children. 

Ryan Ross MPP 2012 is the program director for Halcyon Incubator, a nonprofit organization he helped launch two years after graduating from the Kennedy School dedicated “to solving 21st century challenges…by helping social entrepreneurs transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures.” 

The 600 “change-makers and innovators” –  30 from 20 industries, all under 30 years old - were chosen from a list of 15,000 nominations.

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Ryan Ross

Ryan Ross MPP 2012, Halcyon Incubator program director

Kate Aitken

Kate Aitken MPP/MBA 2016, chief of staff for federal policy and federal affairs at Airbnb


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