Eleven with ties to Johns Hopkins named to 'Forbes' 30 Under 30 list

Annual 'Forbes' list recognizes outstanding leaders, scientists, artists, and entrepreneurs

Forbes 30 Under 30 winners

Eleven individuals with ties to Johns Hopkins have been named to this year's Forbes 30 Under 30 list, an annual celebration of young entrepreneurs, investors, and industry leaders. These eleven are part of a cohort of 600 members, selected by experts in 20 fields.

This year, Hopkins faculty and alumni were named to the lists honoring achievement in Social Impact, Retail and Ecommerce, Science, and Healthcare.

The honorees with ties to Johns Hopkins are:

Darius Baxter

Category: Social Impact | Read Forbes profile

As a child, Baxter experienced homelessness after his father was shot. Today, as the cofounder of GOODProjects, he works to alleviate poverty throughout Washington, D.C., alongside a network of philanthropists, activists, and entrepreneurs. He has raised $6 million to fund mentorship, education, and service projects throughout the city for at-risk youth. He studied in the School of Education's Public Safety Leadership division in 2018.

Elliot Kim

Category: Retail and Ecommerce | Read Forbes profile

Together with his brothers Brandon and Dylan, Elliot Kim founded the direct-to-consumer backpack company Brevite while studying economics at JHU. The company sells stylish photography bags as well as durable everyday backpacks. In addition to its retail success, the company has donated $150,000 to help the homeless in NYC, as well as an additional $35,000 of direct relief to support the fight against COVID-19.


Category: Retail and Ecommerce | Read Forbes profile

Designed by Hopkins students Allysa Ditmar, Aaron Hsu, Inez Lam, and Elyse Heob (who at 31 is ineligible for the list), ClearMask has a transparent mask that increases accessibility for deaf patients who previously were unable to read lips or expressions of masked doctors and surgeons. The company has sold more than 12 million masks since going on the market earlier this year.

Edward Twomey

Category: Science | Read Forbes profile

An assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Twomey investigates how neurotransmitters impact how we learn and process memories. His work has been instrumental in discovering new risk factors that can contribute to neurodegenerative disease.

Wei-Hsi "Ariel" Yeh

Category: Healthcare | Read Forbes profile

Yeh, who received a degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Hopkins in 2014, currently works at genome editing startup Prime Medicine. There, she develops patents for devices that help cure disease through rewriting DNA.

Erika Moore

Category: Healthcare | Read Forbes profile

A 2013 graduate of Johns Hopkins, Moore is now an assistant professor at the University of Florida. There, she researches how immune cells can be used to combat lupus, which disproportionately affects Black women and can lead to cardiovascular complications and death.

Marigold Health

Category: Healthcare | Read Forbes profile

Shrenik Jain, who attended Hopkins from 2014 to 2016, and Ravi Shah, who received a Master's of Engineering Management in Computer Science in 2016, formed Marigold Health to supplement the availability of mental health support for those in crisis. The company provides 24/7 peer support through the use of AI technology for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders.

Joshua Yang

Category: Healthcare | Read Forbes profile

Yang, a doctoral candidate in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, used his research in kidney injury prediction to form his startup Nephrosant, which develops non-invasive tools to measure kidney injuries.

Editor's note: Some individuals recognized by Forbes with ties to Johns Hopkins were omitted from an earlier version of this article. The Hub regrets the oversight.

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