Congratulations to our 2020 Rising Stars Honorees!

Living Classrooms Rising Stars presented by the Baltimore Business Journal are a select group of Baltimore young professionals, under the age of 40, who are rising in their field and are recognized as young philanthropists.

Rising Stars is a Living Classrooms program aimed at engaging up-and-coming young professionals in philanthropy. Rising Stars honorees are nominated and selected based on their professional achievements and philanthropic efforts. Honorees participate in networking and philanthropic activities throughout the year and are recognized in the media. The program culminates with an awards celebration in the fall of each year.

Please join us in congratulating our 2020 class of Baltimore honorees!


Adam Aist, M&T Bank 

Marc Broady, Weller Development 

Brandon Carrera, KPMG, LLP 

Robert Dawson, 360 Your Business 

Kelly Drnec, Hotel Revival 

Jenifer Fedeli, Mamas Restaurant Group 

Kara Frazier, Constellation Energy 

Jill Knickerbocker, 14 West, LLC 

Nick Loiselle, CBRE 

Elza M., WMAR 2 News, ABC 

Sid SharmaMobtown Fermentation 

Paul Taylor II, PricewaterhouseCoopers 

Danna Thomas, Happy Teacher Revolution 

Meredith Upton, University of Maryland, Baltimore 

Yinga Xia, T. Rowe Price 

Gina Rose Zanghi, Gina Rose CPT 


Nominate a Young Professional for our 2021 Class of Rising Stars!

Do you know an up-and-coming young professional in the Baltimore, MD – Washington, DC region that you would like to honor for their achievements?  Nominate them for our 2021 class!  Nominations are accepted year-round, and space is limited.

The nomination forms can be found here.