Syracuse University Magazine

Generation Orange Shines on Forbes’s Influential Listings

Seven Syracuse University alumni appear on Forbes Magazine’s sixth annual 30 Under 30 listings of the most influential people under age 30. The lists, which span 20 different industries, honor entrepreneurs, breakout stars, and agents of change across their respective disciplines.

Six hundred innovators in their fields garnered this honor, including the following alumni:

Ross Burack ’11 (WSM), Food and Drink category, co-founder, Choza Taqueria, New York City. Burack, who runs a commercial real estate leasing and investment sales company, studied food industry trends and then decided to open Choza, a “fast-casual” restaurant with four locations in the metro New York City area. 

Laura Foti ’13 (NEW), Marketing and Advertising, head of paid media and analytics, GE Digital, Boston. Foti “uses her experience helping clients navigate business transitions plus her PR background to coordinate large new technology roll-outs and encourage user engagement through paid media and inbound analytics,” according to Forbes.

Michael George ’11 (VPA), Music, artist manager, SB Projects, Los Angeles. George is credited with discovering Martin Garrix on the Miami dance music scene. Now a superstar, Garrix is one of the top DJs in the country.

Drew Taggart ’11 (VPA), Music, part of electronic duo The Chainsmokers, West Hollywood. Taggart and bandmate Alex Pall received three 2017 Grammy nominations and brought home the Grammy for Best Dance Recording for “Don’t Let Me Down,” featuring Daya.

Jacquie Katz ’09 (A&S/NEW), Hollywood and Entertainment, television literary agent, Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles. Katz has found success guiding women comedy writers and directors to such hit series as Transparent, Modern Family, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Daily Show.

Evin Robinson ’12 (VPA), G’14 (EDU) and Jessica Santana ’11 (WSM), G’13 (IST), Education, New York On Tech, New York City. The pair launched their nonprofit to introduce underrepresented New York City high school students to pathways into the technology field (see related story).                  John Boccacino