The Education Stars on Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Forbes recognized company co-founders, musicians and former educators as top young leaders.

by News Staff / December 20, 2012 0

Thirty people involved with education received recognition from Forbes this week as top leaders in the field.

In its second annual 30 under 30 list for the education category, 2U co-founder Jeremy Johnson made the top slot. 2U — formerly called 2tor — works with top-tier universities to host for-credit degree programs online. In November, the company announced the launch of Semester Online, a consortium of 10 founding universities. The consortium members plan to offer undergraduate classes on 2U's platform, with the goal of bringing the same level of academic rigor and quality they have on campus to online courses.

The remaining 29 slots include the following leaders:

  • Catharine Bellinger and Alexis Morin, co-founders of Students For Education Reform;
  • B.O.B., a rapper and ambassador of the 2013 VH1 Save The Music Foundation;
  • Brian Bordainick, director of entrepreneurial investment for 4.0 Schools;
  • Nic Borg, co-founder of Edmodo;
  • Adam Braun, founder of Pencils of Promise;
  • Tess Brustein and Mike Gerson, co-founders of SmarterCookie;
  • Jon Cetel, founding executive director of PennCAN;
  • Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, co-founders of ClassDojo;
  • Amanda A. Ebokosia, founder of The Gem Project;
  • Marisa Urrutia Gedney, director of operations and programming in Echo Park of826LA;
  • Adam Geller, founder of Edthena;
  • Nikhil Goyal, 17-year-old author of "One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School;"
  • Andrew Grauer, co-founder of Course Hero;
  • Fahad Hassan; founder of Always Prepped;
  • Patrick Herrel, vice president of education initiatives at The Mind Trust;
  • Jiquan Ngiam, chief engineer at Coursera;
  • Sue Khim, co-founder of Brilliant;
  • Jeremiah Kittredge; executive director of Families For Excellent Schools;
  • Brett and David Kopf; co-founders of Remind101;
  • Jennifer Medbery, founder of Kickboard and a former high school math teacher;
  • Jefferson Pestronk, doctor of education leadership candidate at Harvard University;
  • Adam Pritzker, co-founder of General Assembly;
  • Greg Rosenbaum, coordinator of SXSWedu;
  • Beth Schmidt, founder of Wishbone;
  • Zakiya Smith, director of post-secondary innovation for the Center for American Progress;
  • Dale Stephens, founder of UnCollege;
  • Andrew Sutherland, founder of Quizlet;
  • Tammy Tibbetts, founder of She's the First; and
  • David Tjaden, student program chair of the National Education Association.