Announcing The 40 Under 40 Honorees for 2021

Each year, Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP recognize 40 outstanding individuals under the age of 40 whose creativity, vision and passion enrich the Pittsburgh region. We proudly announce the class of 2021.

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Taylor Abel, 37
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, UPMC

Felicity Ansonia Williams, 32
Programs and Policy Manager, Special Assistant to the President and CEO, Hill Community Development Corporation

Leighann Bacher, 30
Editorial Director, Renegade Marketing

Abraxis T. Blackwell, 37
Vendor Manager and AVP, Citizens Bank

Syed Bukhari, 32
Cardiac Amyloidosis Fellow, UPMC

Carlos Carmona, 38
Disaster Program Manager, American Red Cross

Corey Carrington, 33
Creative Director, Deeper Than Grits Studios

Aleya Crable Jennings, 34
AVP and Group Account Director, Gatesman Agency

Mel Cronin, 35
Regional Expansion Program Manager, 412 Food Rescue

Rebekah Diaz, 38
Manager of Community Engagement and IDEA Initiatives, Pittsburgh Opera
Founder and Principal Consultant, Diaz Inclusion Consulting

Angelique Drakeford, 36
Principal and Chief Academic Officer, Urban Academy Charter School

Utibe R. Essien, 36
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Danielle Filip, 36
Vice President of Operations, Sign Language Interpreting Professionals (SLIP)

Christina Flewellen-Howze, 36
Creative Arts Coach, Painting with Purpose

Boaz Frankel, 39
Writer and Filmmaker

Anthony Hall, 37
School Counselor and Football Coach, Pittsburgh Public Schools

Orlando R. Houston, 35
Financial Consultant, Equitable Advisors

Eric Howze, 37
Founder, No Hero Left Behind

Chancelor Humphrey, 32
Photographer and Social Media Influencer

Shenay D. Jeffrey, 32
Assistant Director, University of Pittsburgh

Chardaè Jones, 32
Mayor, Braddock Borough
Business Analyst, HM Health Solutions

Ray Nell Jones, 32
CEO-Founder, The Allignment Chapter Corporation

Michael R. Komo, 32
Attorney, LGBT ERG Chair, and Professional Development Manager, K&L Gates LLP

Summer Lee, 33
Legislator, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Jeremy C. McCool, 27
Assistant Professor of Digital/Global Media, West Chester University

Kacy McGill, 28
Co-Director and Co-Founder, Pittsburgh Restaurant Workers Aid

Constance Mulbah, 31
Education Liaison, Diversified Care Management, LLC
Co-Founder, Kpo’ma Women

Haji Muya, 30
Founder, LKF Ent Films
League Director, Pittsburgh Soccer in the Community

Anette Nance, 29
Director of Partnerships for Family Support, University of Pittsburgh – Office of Child Development

Cue Perry, 35
Visual  Artist

Maya Ragavan, 35
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Ernest Rajakone, 28
Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy Scholar, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Shiv Sethi, 34
Private Wealth Advisor, Merrill Private Wealth

Monique Smith, 33
Faculty Affairs Manager, University of Pittsburgh

Taylor Stessney, 29
Co-Founder, Pittsburgh Restaurant Workers Aid

Alydia R. Thomas, 31
Associate Director of Residence Life for Student Development and Programming, Duquesne University

Andre Turner, 37
Chief Supervisor, Shuman Juvenile Detention Center

Cheyenne Tyler, 36
Manager of School Initiatives, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Kyle C. Webster, 38
General Counsel, ACTION-Housing, Inc.

Ashlee Yingling Wallace, 39
Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Customer Experience, Pittsburgh International Airport

You can read more about these amazing individuals in our November issue available later this fall.


We will honor this year’s 40 Under 40 honorees on Thursday, Nov. 4 from 6 – 10 p.m. at the Rivers Casino Event Center. This event is 21+, no children will be admitted. Click here for tickets, which go on sale Monday, Aug. 23.

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