Three years after graduating Cornell, Irene Li ’15 has already made it onto Forbes’ 30 Under 30. Li operates Street Kitchen, a food truck, and Mei Mei restaurant. Both business ventures are located in Boston and have an emphasis on sustainability and transparency.
Svante Myrick’s ’09 placement on 30 Under 30 follows an election cycle that put him in the national spotlight. As the mayor of the city of Ithaca, he campaigned for Hillary Clinton and was recently named as Director of Youth Leadership Programs at People for the American Way — a liberal think-tank. As mayor, Myrick closed a $3 million deficit that he inherited and earned resounding support from Ithacans, winning 89 percent of the vote in his reelection in 2016. He also attracted controversy with his supervised heroin injection facility proposal last year. In response to his national fame, Myrick has stated that he remains committed to his job as mayor.
“Cornell gave me time to explore a liberal arts education and gain a real sense of what I wanted to do, which was to go into education,” Baigelman said. “It led me to join Teach for America and gave me the opportunity to explore the field I am in now.”