HKS alumni and student named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30

Kate Aitken MPP 2015, chief of staff for federal policy and federal affairs at Airbnb

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Several Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) alumni and one current student have been named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, celebrating “the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers” in fields ranging from education to law and policy.

Among this year’s honorees are Kate Aitken, M.P.P. ’16, M.B.A. ’16, chief of staff for federal policy and federal affairs at Airbnb, lauded for her efforts to develop “policies and products to combat discrimination in the on-demand housing service’s host network.” Prarthna Desai, M.P.P. ’19, M.B.A. ’19 was cited for her work at Zipline, using drones to deliver medication in developing countries.

Sara Minkara, M.P.P. ’14, who is the founder of Empowerment through Integration, makes the list of 30 Under 30 social entrepreneurs for her work with blind children in Lebanon. Becoming legally blind as a child due to macular degeneration, Minkara has dedicated her life to providing a voice for blind youth, helping to provide them with the sort of support she had growing up in the United States. Among the programs she has founded are a summer camp for both sighted and blind children.

The 600 “change-makers and innovators” –  30 from 20 industries, all under 30 years old – were chosen from a list of 15,000 nominations.