The 18 Under 31 class of 2024 is making waves across diverse industries, from business and technology to arts and sciences. These distinguished recipients are exceptional young alumni who have made significant contributions to their respective fields and communities. 18 Under 31 honorees represent the best of the Capstone, showcasing talent, dedication and legendary leadership.


Dr. A. Jackson Harris

BA ’16, MA ’20, PhD ’22
Writer, Speaker and Public Educator 


Captain Ryan Jacobs

MS ’22
Acquisitions Officer for the United States Air Force 


Caleb Marshall Lamb

BS ’15, MAcc ’16
Senior Team Leader, Financial Services for Chick-fil-A, Inc. 


Alexander Morris, AuD


Jack Roberts


Mollie Shealy

BA ’18, MA ’22
Recruiter for Lumen Technologies 


Lita Waggoner

BS ’18, JD ’21
Attorney with the Association of County Commissions of Alabama 


BS ’19, MS ’20
Director of Operations for Cornerstone Engineering 


Robert Grady

BS ’16, MBA ’17, MS ’17
Preconstruction Estimator for Robins & Morton 


Carrie West Harris


Ashley Jeter

BS ’19
ADP Project Engineer for Lockheed Martin 


Martha Milner

BS ’19
Field Marketing Manager for Qualia 


Dr. Kathryn O’Harra

BA, BS ’17, MS ’18, PhD ’21
Educator, Researcher and Inventor  


Malik Seals

BS ’20
Researcher and MD Student 


Kyle Van Frank


Yardena Wolf

BA ’16
Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill 

Yardena Wolf serves as the Chief of Staff to Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-14). She lives and works in Washington, D.C. as the Congressman’s chief advisor on political and legislative matters, overseeing the DC and CA-14 district offices. Prior to this position, she was the vice president of the New York office of Berger Hirschberg Strategies, a political fundraising firm. In this role, she managed the fundraising for more than a hundred campaigns, PACs and non-profits at the local, state and national levels. 

As one of the youngest Chiefs of Staff on Capitol Hill, Wolf’s accomplishments include helping the Homicide Victims’ Families’ Rights Act of 2021 to be signed into law, raising more than $5M for campaigns across the country, and assisting to secure over $26 million in earmarked funding for Congressman Swalwell’s constituents. 

Wolf has served her community since moving to Washington in 2021. After learning that only 31% of students in the city’s schools were able to read at grade level, Wolf became a “Reading Partner” tutor, spending weekday mornings before work tutoring elementary school students in reading.