Raleigh Mag 20 in their 20s nominations now open for 2021

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This year, Raleigh Mag will select 20 up-and-coming 20-somethings who are making a difference in Raleigh to be recognized and profiled in our April 2021 issue.

We are asking you to nominate New Influential and Rising Star 20-somethings in our city from all fields of endeavor—from entrepreneurs, civic-minded folks, community makers and influencers to those making waves in the arts, economic development, media, dining and hospitality, politics, and real estate and development.

Nominees must:

  • Be 29 years or younger on May 1, 2021
  • Not have been a previous honoree
  • Have made an impact on his or her company or community
  • Be or show the potential to be a leader

Nomination Deadline: Feb. 22, 2021. 

For consideration, please provide: 

Name of nominator, name of nominee, nominee email address and insta handle (if applicable), birthdate, industry, title/endeavor, plus: Why this person deserves this recognition.

Send to: melissa@raleighmag.com (cc: gina@raleighmag.com; lauren@raleighmag.com)

Want more on what we are looking for? Check out our 2020 class of 30 in their 30s (with posts held at time) for inspo. 

2020 30 in their 30s

Brandon Cordrey, VAE
Jedidiah Gant, urban art fund FLIGHT as well as the Raleigh Murals Project
Zalman “Zali” Raffael, Carolina Ballet
Taylor White, muralist
Ashley Cagle, Wake County Economic Development
Patrice Graham, Colors of Yoga
Bill King, Downtown Raleigh Alliance
David Shaner, letsgetoffline.com
Nation Hahn, EducationNC and Reach NC Voices
Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen, Raleigh Convergence
Michelle Blaser, The Pollinatr
Brittany Bell, ABC11 meteorologist
Oscar Diaz, 2019 James Beard Award semifinalist for best chef
Cappie Peete, 2020 James Beard-nominated for outstanding wine program
Krystle Swenson, pastry chef, Crawford and Son
Michael Thor, 2020 restaurateurs of the year by the NCRLA; co-owner, Whiskey Kitchen
Lindsay Saunders, communications and outreach professional
Mary Sell, energy and environment planner for the Triangle J Council of Governments; serves on Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission
Ashton Smith, program manager, Citrix; vice chair, Dix Park Master Plan Advisory Committee; boards of affordable housing development nonprofit DHIC and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Kia Baker, executive director of nonprofit Southeast Raleigh Promise
Nick Neptune, GM, Transfer Co; Raleigh advocate
Amber Smith, founder, Activate Good
Joselle Torres, development officer, Meals on Wheels
Patrick Buffkin, City Council 
Jonathan Melton, City Council
Nicole Stewart, development director, NC Conservation Network
Jessica Holmes, Wake County commissioner; employment law attorney
Jenna Wadsworth, youngest woman ever elected to public office in NC (Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors)
David Meeker, Carpenter Development Group (Trophy, State of Beer and more)
Bryan Kane, SLI Capital (development East End Market)
Kimarie Ankenbrand, leader, JLL commercial real estate and property investment
Merritt Atkins, marketing lead, Holt Brothers

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  1. Where did Krystle Swenson move to when she left Crawford & Son?

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