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Emerging Leaders

Jayhawks earn early recognition from Black Alumni Network

The KU Black Alumni Network this year begins a new tradition of honoring young alumni for their professional achievements and community service. Seven Jayhawks will receive the inaugural Emerging Leaders awards during the network’s reunion Oct. 14-17. They are:

  • Michael Austin, Lawrence
  • Marcus Hollinger, Atlanta
  • Nicole Humphrey, Coral Gables, Florida
  • Craig Jackson Jr., Sacramento, California
  • Paul Pierce II, Lawrence
  • Dr. Margaret Pruitt, Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Joshua Robinson, Cedar Park, Texas

Austin, g’16, Lawrence, is a public-sector economist and policy researcher and president of Knowledge & Decisions Economic Consulting LLC. He previously directed fiscal policy for the Kansas Policy Institute and as the chief economist for two governors. He volunteers as a high school tutor and debate coach.

Hollinger, j’14, is senior vice president for marketing of Reach Records and co-founder of Portrait Coffee Roasters, an award-winning company that seeks to use coffee as a mechanism for doing good across Atlanta.

Humphrey, c’16, PhD ’20, is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Miami who researches the impact of organizational structures and processes on gender and racial inequities. She also chairs the Student & New Professionals Section of the American Society of Public Administration.

Jackson, g’14, is senior director of development for the University of California-Davis School of Engineering. He also co-chairs the diversity, equity and inclusion committee for development and alumni relations at UC Davis. For the KU School of Education and Human Sciences, he serves on the dean’s advisory board.

Pierce, j’15, former assistant athletics director for compliance with Kansas Athletics, in July was promoted to associate athletics director for inclusive excellence to lead all diversity and inclusion efforts for staff, coaches and athletes. He participates in the Multicultural Excellence in College Athletics and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association.

Pruitt, PhD’17, m’19, completed a fellowship at the Milken Institute’s School of Public Health and now serves as a resident physician at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and a member of the departmental council for diversity, equity and inclusion at the GW School of Medicine. She also guides high school students as a mentor and tutor.

Robinson, j’16, g’18, is a senior associate and network manager at Living Cities, an organization focused on building economically and racially inclusive cities. He also is an active member of the Austin Area Urban League and the Sigma Kappa Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Issue 3, 2021


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