'40 Under 40' List Spotlights Young Nonprofit Leaders

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has published a list of forty social sector leaders under the age of 40 who are behind some of the nonprofit world's boldest ideas.

Grouped into six categories — Advocates, Builders, Connectors, Heavy Hitters, Number Crunchers, and Pioneers — the people on the list range in age from 26 to 39 and include, in the Advocates category, Cristina Jimenez, 31, co-founder and managing director of United We Dream, and the three co-founders of Black Lives Matter — Alicia Garza, 34; Patrisse Cullors, 32; and Opal Tometi, 31. Leaders in the Builders category include Fagan Harris, 28, co-founder and CEO of Baltimore Corps, and the Rev. Starsky Wilson, 39, CEO of the Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis, while the Connectors category includes Minnesota Council on Foundations president Trista Harris, 38, and David Lubell, 39, founder and executive director of Welcoming America.

Included among the Heavy Hitters are Henry Timms, 39, executive director of the 92nd Street Y and of the driving force behind Giving Tuesday, and Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, 30, and his wife, Priscilla Chan, 31, who recently made news with the launch of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The Number Crunchers include Caroline Whistler, 39, co-founder and co-president of Third Sector Capital Partners, and One Acre Fund co-founder and executive director Andrew Youn, 37, while the Pioneers category includes BlocPower founder and CEO Donnel Baird, 34, and Veronika Scott, 26, founder and CEO of the Empowerment Plan in Detroit.

"These leaders...the Chronicle has selected as people under 40 to watch are trailblazers crafting innovative new approaches to entrenched problems,"  the editors of the Chronicle wrote in their intro to the list. "In their work today, we get a preview of what the future might hold."