40 under 40: See which education leaders made the cut

Nonprofit leaders, activists, and more

Every year, Washingtonian magazine names a list of "40 under 40," featuring 40 individuals under 40 years old who are leaders in their respective industries. 

Seven of those selected this year have education connections:

Katherine Roboff is executive director of Higher Achievement, an organization that helps 550 elementary school children gain acceptance and graduate from the best DC high schools through academic support and mentorship.

Paige Hernandez has a children's theater and has hosted workshops for over 10,000 students across the country.

Zakiya Smith is the director of strategy at the Lumina Foundation, a non-profit with a billion dollar endowment that works to decrease students' debt load and increase postsecondary educational attainment.

Nicole Lynn Lewis is CEO of Generation Hope, a non-profit that helps teenage parents complete college by providing tuition assistance and mentorship.

DJ Durkin, head coach of the University of Maryland football team, is the youngest head football coach in the Big Ten conference and is known for his supportive, mentoring approach.

Matthew Ladra is an assistant professor of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He also recently became head of the pediatric radiation-oncology program at Children's National Health System.

Amanda Brown Lierman serves on the board of Run for Something, an organization that encourages young people to run for office (Washingtonian, 4/5).

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