Erie's 40 Under 40: Class of 2024

by Erie Reader Staff July 3, 2024 at 7:45 AM
Jessica Hunter

We are living through a time on planet Earth when it can be hard to find much hope. We're getting bombarded with bad news from nearly every angle and disillusionment is a very real reaction to all that we're either experiencing or witnessing. What is it that can give us hope for the future? The answer invariably lies with our youth.

Each year for the past 12 years, the Erie Reader editors have sifted through hundreds of nominations to decide which 40 people under 40 years old should be featured. And with each of those nominations, our hope-o-meter ticks ever upward.

What is always so uplifting about this list year after year are the myriad ways that each of the honorees makes a difference in our community: through government and politics, through volunteerism, by speaking up, by lending a helping hand, by creating art, by teaching the next generation of leaders, or by simply following wherever their ideas and motivations lead them — by having the confidence in their own ability to make change and do good. And that should give us all hope for the future. It's right here — in Erie and among these pages, with these 40 along with the 440 who have come before them.

Won't you join us in celebrating them? The 12th Class of Erie's 40 Under 40!


Written by: Jonathan Burdick (JB), Chloe Forbes (CF), Ally Kutz (AK), Erin Phillips (EP), Cara Suppa (CS), Matt Swanseger (MS), Amy VanScoter (AVS), and Nick Warren (NW)

All photography by Jessica Hunter

Do you know someone you would like to see in an upcoming class? Our online nominations for 2025's class are now open! Just visit

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