The Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund is pleased to introduce Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s County 2016! Nominated by their peers and vetted by a cross-sectorial review panel, this class of honorees continues in the tradition of representing the best and brightest the county has to offer. They represent every corner of the County and the diversity herein. They are younger, ever more vibrant, and equally committed to effective leadership, economic opportunity, artistic expression, and social justice. They are the leaders we have been waiting for! Click here to learn more about the 2016 Honorees.

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The 5th Annual Awards Ceremony will be held on February 4, 2016 at the Newton White Mansion.  Ticket, Advertisement, and Sponsorship Details can be found here. For more information about Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s County or the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund, contact us directly at fortyunderforty@innovateprincegeorges.org.

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Tonia Wellons founded a nonprofit organization called the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund (PGCSIF) nearly five years ago, yet she is already creating a leadership pipeline that can strengthen nonprofits and increase civic opportunity.

Wellons, who has been a Prince George’s County resident for 19 years, wants to help solve a range of challenges to improve the quality of life in the county. The process involves exploring new approaches, making the county relevant to the 21 to 45-year-old demographic, and advocating for opportunities for county residents to have priority in various areas, such as contracting, employment and opportunities to start their own businesses within Prince George’s County.

While utilizing PGCSIF as a catalyst for social impact, Wellons’ vision grew into one of the first initiatives. The Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s County Award was launched as a project under the nonprofit. Talented county residents who are all under the age of 40 at the time of recognition have been highlighted since 2012. A celebration honoring the 40 new cohorts who were recently announced will be held at Newton White Manor in Mitchellville on Feb. 4 during the Forty Under 40 Awards Ceremony.

Juwan Blocker, 17, is this year’s youngest awardee and received rare recognition within the public service sector, considering his young age. Additionally, honorees are recognized for contributions made in Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, Health and Fitness, and Science and Engineering sectors.

“We look for accomplishment relative to age, we look at community engagement, and if it’s not community service and it’s not in Prince George’s County directly, just that you’ve been able to contribute through service over time. We look at reputation and character, which are very important traits for us. And then we look at background and skills and look if it’s relevant to what Prince George’s County needs,” Wellons said, explaining how nominees are selected by an advisory board. “One of our core motivations is to identify top talent and then make them available so that the rest of the community can benefit from them, particularly serving on boards of directors for nonprofit organizations.”

Courtney Foster was honored as a Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s County 2013 honoree. She nominated 39-year-old Andrea H. Evans of Laurel for 2016.

Evans was selected for her Science and Engineering accomplishments. Foster said both she and Evans attended Spelman College in Georgia. Additionally, Evans is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Also a registered patent attorney, Evans graduated from George Washington University Law School and started The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC eight years ago. Since many of her clients are located outside of Maryland, Evans operates a virtual office. She specializes in patent, trademark and copyright law.

“I definitely felt excited and honored to be a part of the Forty UNDER 40 class,” Evans said. “This community has so many leaders. It is such as honor to be selected as one of the leaders in the community.”

Evans, who is multi-talented, is also the founder and owner of KidGINEER, LLC. The fun, creative program is based in Prince George’s County and provides hands-on science and enrichment programs for children ages five to ten to accelerate their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Scientists and engineers teach classes and over 300 children have participated in the program.

In 2014, Evans was recognized by the White House as a White House Champion of Change for her STEM Access and Diversity contributions.

“I started the program six years ago when my daughter was in kindergarten and I actually come from a family of scientists and engineers and grew up participating in a lot of hands-on engineering programs in Houston,” Evans said. “When my daughter was in kindergarten, I wanted to get her involved in science, but couldn’t find a program and that’s how I formed KidGINEER, LLC. So it originally started at her elementary school as an after school program.

“I did some research and learned that by the third grade, a child loses interest in science and math and I felt compelled to do something to make difference, especially since I want my own child to hopefully pursue a STEM career.”

Evans’ daughter, who is now in the sixth grade, has participated in the program since kindergarten. She aspires to become an engineer.

Evans is making a difference in the lives of other youth like Lauren Foster by exciting them about education and STEM. Foster had many opportunities to participate in KidGINEER, LLC at Fairland Sports and Aquatics Complex in Laurel. Her mother credits Evans for starting the program and accomplishing other professional achievements.

“It made it kind of a no-brainer, as far as what they’re looking for with the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund in a Forty UNDER 40 candidate,” Foster said. “I think (Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s County) is great, because it highlights younger people doing really good things in the county in different areas.”

To learn more about all of this year’s Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s County honorees, visit www.innovateprincegeorges.org.

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Over five years ago, the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund (PGCSIF) launched Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s as a pilot effort to identify the best and brightest in Prince George’s County across a range of sectors and categories. We were confident that the County was ripe with exceptional talent and we simply wanted to offer a hometown recognition of excellence, youth, and leadership. Every year since, the numbers of nominations have increased and the competition has become even more intense. This year was no different.

Individuals and organizations from across the County and the region nominate candidates for consideration. A review panel carefully assesses each nomination on the basis of character, accomplishment, and commitment to service. It was not an easy job – but we did it!

 

On behalf of the PGCSIF Advisory Board, we are pleased to acknowledge THE LIST – Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s 2016.

 

  1. Caitlin McGrath, 38, Arts & Humanities, Greenbelt
  2. Huda L. Mu’min, 34, Arts & Humanities, Oxon Hill
  3. Belman Woodson, 34, Business, Camp Springs
  4. Jaida A. Moore, Esq., 30, Business, Temple Hills
  5. Krystal R. Ferguson, 33, Business, Bowie
  6. Renee Goings, 29, Business, Laurel
  7. Tami Harrigan, 39, Business, Bowie
  8. Will Stein, 29, Business, Bowie
  9. Dr. Ashanti Bryant Foster, 37, Education, Largo
  10. Chike Aguh, 32, Education, Beltsville
  11. Daniel Christian Bradley, 34, Education, Laurel
  12. Jalisa Whitley, 26, Education, Laurel
  13. Katherine Meixner-Croft, 24, Education, Laurel
  14. Dr. Paris L. Adon, 36, Education, Lanham
  15. Victorious Hall, 34, Education, Temple Hills
  16. Roselyn V. Aker-Black, Psy.D, 38, Health & Fitness, Bowie
  17. Amber Hendricks, 35, Public Service, Upper Marlboro
  18. Brandon Lee Howell, 32, Public Service, Laurel
  19. Christina M. Jones, 29, Public Service, National Harbor
  20. Christopher A. Glass, 34, Public Service, Upper Marlboro
  21. Daisy Rickert, 32, Public Service, Bowie
  22. Jamila Hoard Hodge, 39, Public Service, Bowie
  23. JaNay Queen Nazaire, 37, Public Service, Upper Marlboro
  24. Jimeka Jones Setzer, 38, Public Service, Capitol Heights
  25. Juwan Blocker, 17, Public Service, Landover Hills
  26. Kassie M. Edwards, 29, Public Service, Laurel
  27. Kue Miyo Lattimore, 33, Public Service, Camp Springs
  28. Leslie Hall, 26, Public Service, Capital Heights
  29. Lorena Fuentes, 35, Public Service, Lanham
  30. Michael L. Powell, 37, Public Service, Mt. Rainer
  31. Milton David, 32, Public Service, Brandywine
  32. Najeema Davis Washington, 37, Public Service, Capitol Heights
  33. Trevor McKie, 30, Public Service, Fort Washington
  34. Sabrina Richardson Thompson, Esq, 33, Public Service, Hyattsville
  35. Shawneka Betty Ponder, 29, Public Service, Clinton
  36. Travis Lamar Loggins Santiago, 33, Public Service, Bowie
  37. Tricia Homer, 34, Public Service, College Park
  38. William Carl, 36, Public Service, Laurel
  39. Andrea Hence Evans, 39, Science & Engineering, Laurel
  40. Marcus L. Green, 37, Science & Engineering, Upper Marlboro

PGCSIF is expanding its team and expected impact! As such, we are pleased to introduce you to Jenna Carter, our new Program Manager. Jenna moved to the region nearly 10 years ago and has been a resident of Prince George’s County for five years. Jenna has a background in law firm administration and leadership. She orignally hails from Las Vegas, Nevada and will manage new programs and lead the day-to-day business of PGCSIF. Learn more about Jenna here.  Tonia Wellons, PGCSIF’s Founder, recently accepted a White House Appointment as Director of Intergovernmental & External Affairs for The Peace Corps. She will continue to provide strategic leadership to PGCSIF.

The PGCSIF Advisory Board has also expanded. You will have a chance to learn more about new Advisory Board members in the coming weeks.


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The Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund is pleased to introduce Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s County 2015! Nominated by their peers and vetted by a cross-sectorial review panel, this class of honorees continues in the tradition of representing the best and brightest the county has to offer. They represent every corner of the County and the diversity herein. They are younger, ever more vibrant, and equally committed to effective leadership, economic opportunity, artistic expression, and social justice. They are the leaders we have been waiting for! Click here to learn more about the 2015 Honorees.

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The 4th Annual Awards Ceremony will be held on January 28th, 2015 at the Sunset Room at National Harbor. Ticket, Advertisement, and Sponsorship Details can be found here. For more information about Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s County or the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund, contact us directly at fortyunderforty@innovateprincegeorges.org.

The Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund is pleased to introduce Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s County 2015! Nominated by their peers and vetted by a cross-sectorial review panel, this class of honorees continues in the tradition of representing the best and brightest the county has to offer. They represent every corner of the County and the diversity herein. They are younger, ever more vibrant, and equally committed to effective leadership, economic opportunity, artistic expression, and social justice. They are the leaders we have been waiting for! Click here to learn more about the 2015 Honorees.

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The 4th Annual Awards Ceremony will be held on January 28th, 2015 at the Sunset Room at National Harbor. Ticket, Advertisement, and Sponsorship Details can be found here. For more information about Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s County or the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund, contact us directly at fortyunderforty@innovateprincegeorges.org.

Dear Friends, Family & Colleagues:

The Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund (PGCSIF) has a vision for vibrant community and a good quality of life for all Prince George’s County residents. Our mission is to:

1. Build social capital
2. Invest in new ways of solving old challenges
3. Advocate for increased opportunity in Prince George’s County.

Through our civic engagement and advocacy efforts and with your help, we commit to ensuring that Prince George’s County is a place where residents LIVE, WORK, EAT, CONVENE, CONNECT, ENGAGE and PLAY.

#GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. A day when charities, families, businesses and communities around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. In the same way that Black Friday opens the shopping season, GivingTuesday opens the giving season, uniting charities, companies and individuals in the spirit of giving.

We invite you to learn more about the PGCSIF at www.innovateprincegeorges.org, and to make a tax deductible contribution by clicking here and choosing PGC Social Innovation Fund.

Beyond your fiscal gift, we ask that you share this message with your wider network of friends and colleagues.

Sincerely,

The PGCSIF Advisory Board

Mark Lawrence, Chairman

Tonia R. Wellons, Founder & Managing Director

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"The Forty Under 40 Prince George's County 2015 List has been released! Check it out here!

                 #GIVINGTUESDAY & PGCSIF

Calling all friends of the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund (PGCSIF)!

Today – December 1st is Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. A day when charities, families, businesses and communities around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

How does Giving Tuesday Work?(1) First, give time, money or both to the organizations and causes that matter most to you — like PGCISF — Donate here.

(2)Then post online about what you support and why. You’ll inspire others to give too!

Highlight your giving on your social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) using hashtags #givingtuesday and #pgcsif. Your investment in the Fund supports PGCSIF’s mission to build social capital and invest in new approaches to solving a broad range of challenges in Prince George’s County.

Over the last 5 years, PGCSIF has purposefully:
· Cultivated 5 cohorts of Forty UNDER 40 Honorees
· Led cutting edge pilots in After School Enrichment
· Advocated for new Food Truck legislation in the County
· Supported deeper investments in County businesses
· Told the story about County residents, particularly those 40 and under residents, that rarely gets told

Of course PGCSIF would be grateful to be included on your giving list on #givingtuesday, but more importantly we want to see Prince George’s County in the global conversation about giving back. If you agree, use your voice on #givingtuesday. Donate to PGCSIF!

Sincerely,

Jenna Carter, Program Manager
Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund

The Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund (PGCSIF) is please to announce the Forty UNDER 40 Prince George's County 2015 LIST! These extraordinary residents, all under the age of 40, are an incredible representation of the rich talent the County has to offer in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Business, Education, Health & Fitness, Public Service, and Science & Engineering. Our aim is to highlight their contributions and encourage even more civic engagement in Prince George's County.

The honorees were nominated by individuals and organizations from across the region; and they were vetted and selected by representatives from the PGCSIF Advisory Board, prior Forty UNDER 40 Honorees, and the Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce. This cohort represents the NOW generation for Prince George's County, as they are leaders in their respective areas of influence right NOW! Over the next several weeks, you will have an opportunity to learn more about our 2015 Honorees and we invite you to publicly celebrate their collective successes on January 28, 2015 during the Annual Awards Ceremony.

John Anderson III 27 | Public Service, Glenn Dale
Saran T. Baker 39 | Public Service, District Heights
Erica Shauntelle Bannerman 39 | Science & Engineering, Cheverly
Lavinia Baxter 36 | Public Service, Temple Hills
Christian Benjamin 32 | Public Service, Riverdale
Wala Blegay 30 | Public Service, Largo
Natasha Brown 33 | Business, Bowie
Antwan Burks 34 | Science & Engineering, Upper Marlboro
Reuben A. Burrows 30 | Education, Upper Marlboro
Dr. Rashida Cohen 38 | Health & Fitness, Greenbelt
Brittney Drakeford 27 | Public Service, Cottage City
Chidinma Dureke 25 | Arts & Humanities Riverdale
Mahasin El-Amin X | Public Service, Clinton
Brittany Gay 27 | Science & Engineering, Mitchellville
Eunique Gibson 31 | Arts & Humanities, Largo
Treda Grayson 37 | Science & Engineering, Bowie
Dr. Rodney Harrell 36 | Public Service, Largo
Jaunese L. Harris 37 | Science & Engineering, Fort Washington
Candace B. Hollingsworth 33 | Public Service, Hyattsville
Taylor Johnson 23 | Arts & Humanities, Riverdale
Rushane M. Jones 36 | Business, Bowie
Kira Calm Lewis 38 | Public Service, Springdale
Dr. Leelannee Malin 37 | Business, Fort Washington
Teisha Marie McKie 33 | Arts & Humanities, Fort Washington
Shakisha A. O'Connor 29 | Public Service Lanham
Shalita O'Neale 32 | Business Largo
Dr. Robert Patterson 32 | Education Landover
Jay Perry 33 | Business Brandywine
Shameeka Price 37 | Public Service Bowie
Holli Rice 35 | Business District Heights
Latisha Roberson 33 | Business Bowie
Maurice Simpson 25 | Public Service Landover
Melanie Terry 38 | Business Upper Marlboro
Blair Todd 36 | Education Upper Marlboro
Councilwoman Karen Toles 37 | Public Service Upper Marlboro
Rae Wallace 27 | Health & Fitness Hyattsville
Ellis Watson 34 | Public Service Bowie
Shauntia D. White 29 | Education Hyattsville
Kita Williams 39 | Arts & Humanities Landover
Rahsheim Wright 36 | Public Service Suitland

Launching Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s 2015

It’s hard to believe that we are already preparing for Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s 2015…but we are! We have knack for finding the best and brightest in Prince George’s County and expect that this year will be no different. Send us your top nominees for this award which recognizes outstanding County residents, under the age of 40, who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their professions, community, and causes. Submit your nominations by November 3rd in order to be considered for the 2015 cohort (Cohort 4). The nomination form is here.

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Featured 40: Honorees keep making things happen!

The Battle of Bladensburg

On August 24, 2014, the 200th Anniversary of the March on Washington by British forces was celebrated. You may have heard some of this on the local news or in the newspapers, but behind the scenes were two of our Forty Under 40 honorees – Aaron Marcavitch (Cohort 1) and Scott Peterson (Cohort 2). Aaron, along with the Battle of Bladensburg Task Force, was responsible for bringing together a program that would support 8000 plus visitors to Bladensburg including food trucks, re-enactors, fireworks, programs, activities, and more. He managed the budget and the day-to-day operations leading up to the event, juggled meetings, and pulled together a wide group of people to ensure the program came off without a hitch. In an office of two, he worked hard to create partnerships around the County! Scott Peterson, the County Executive’s spokesperson, supported the program in a variety of ways – including working directly with a wide range of media outlets to ensure the program was noticed and connected to the region. He worked tirelessly behind the scenes connecting media to the Task Force and worked to make a live coverage by CSPAN possible. These two Forty Under 40 honorees worked to connect visitors to a vision of the county as a prime cultural tourism location on par with other places in the region.

Congrats Aaron and Scott!