Three alumni landed spots on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2021.
The annual Forbes’ edition features 600 young professionals, with 30 chosen in 20 different categories. Emily Baumgaertner, Nika Nour and Khang Vuong received master’s degrees from GW, and Baumgaertner was also a member of GW’s undergraduate Class of 2014. The trio was featured in 30 Under 30 for their work in the categories of media, games and health care.
Baumgaertner graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public health in 2014 and stayed at GW for an additional year to earn a master’s in public health with concentrations in several areas, including infectious disease. Her position as a national correspondent in medicine at The Los Angeles Times earned her a place on 30 Under 30. In her position, she investigated multiple stories related to COVID-19, the executive administration’s handling of the pandemic and the country’s vaping crisis.
Nour received a master’s degree in strategic public communication from GW in 2011, followed by a master’s in biodefense from George Mason University. She landed a spot on the 30 Under 30 list for her involvement in gaming – Nour is the executive director for the International Game Developers Association, a nonprofit that supports video game developers. In her role, she was responsible for launching the Black in Gaming Awards and Latinx in Gaming Conference.
Vuong received a master’s degree in health care administration with a concentration in strategy and finance from GW in 2018. He held top positions at Bon Secours Health System and ‘Ekahi Health before launching his own health care company, Mira, in 2019. Mira helps Americans without health insurance get affordable health care services at a relatively low cost. Mira has partnered with 300 clinics and 60,000 pharmacies across the country and has racked up about $2.8 million in funding.