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1. Uzoamaka Maduka, 26

Despite the growing trend of digital publications, this editor in chief followed her dreams of launching a print magazine called The American Reader. The monthly literary journal covers literature and criticism.

2. Amanda Brown, 28

Brown serves as the national political director for Rock the Vote, where she works to bring young voters to the polls through social media and other digital outlets.

3. Mandela Schumacher-Hodge, 28

Schumacher-Hodge is a cofounder of Tioki, an online professional group that’s been dubbed “The LinkedIn for Teachers.” This year, the Ph.D. candidate also headed the UP Global with their worldwide initiative to help educators, parents, students, entrepreneurs, developers, and designers.

4. Jessica Holsey, 29

Holsey serves as the co-founder of Susty Party, a company that makes eco-friendly tableware. Their products include plates, bowls, cups and straws — all made in the U.S.A. with renewable harvested plants.

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