The 10 greater Philadelphians on Forbes’ new 30 under 30 list

    From education reform to Major League Baseball, a handful of people with strong regional ties have landed on Forbes magazine’s latest list of rising stars.

    We dug through all 15 categories of the new 30 under 30. By our count, the 10 people below are the young guns putting greater Philadelphia on the map.



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    Jonathan Cetel




    Kathryn Cunningham Hall


    Power Up Gambia


    Adam Leonti




    Andrew Kloster


    Foundation for Individual Rights in Education


    Sara Aronchick Solow


    Eastern District of PA


    Steph Parker




    Paige Cramer




    Gregory Sonnenberg


    University of Pennsylvania


    Michael Bradley


    AS Roma


    Mike Trout


    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim



    Forbes looked at dozens of innovators in 15 categories ranging from Food & Wine to Science & Healthcare.

    It’s a long list of “young disruptors … impatient to change the world.”

    “I would’ve been thrilled just to make a ’30 under 30′ of education just in Philadelphia,” said Jonathan Cetel, 28, founding executive director of the Pennsylvania Campaign for Achievement Now (PennCAN), which lobbies Harrisburg for changes in education policy.

    “I’m particularly grateful that my small nonprofit is generating national attention,” Cetel said.

    Also garnering attention are Mike Trout, the slugging outfielder from Millville, N.J.; an Alzheimer’s researcher at Merck; and a law clerk for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

    Steph Parker is on the list. She does social media for Neiman, a Philadelphia-based ad agency.

    “I think [Philly has] the talent, I’m just not sure that the city gets the exposure it deserves,” Parker said. “I hope that I can do my little piece by having my name out there on a national level.”

    Overall, New Yorkers dominate the list — but let’s just chalk that up to Forbes’ hometown bias…

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