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The Academy of the Sacred Heart is proud of our two alumnae, Mea Boykins '07 and Sarah Vandergriff '99, who were named to Gambit's "40 Under 40" Class of 2017. Boykins is an international speaker and consultant, and Vandergriff is the Legal and Policy Director for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools.
Gambit's 40 Under 40, class of 2017
Our annual look at the city's movers and shakers
By Kevin Allman, Will Coviello, Frank Etheridge, Katherine M. Johnson, Sarah Ravits, Kat Stromquist and Alex Woodward
Mea Boykins, 28
International Speaker & Consultant
Favorite local artist: PJ Morton
Favorite local restaurant: Munch Factory
What is your hidden talent? Training to be a pilot
Mea Boykins built upon the success she achieved raising scholarship funds for fellow students at Spelman College in Atlanta to create a multi-faceted, self-determined career track with a goal of empowerment and equality across the globe.
"In December 2015, I partnered with the United Nations in Barcelona and planned a fundraiser benefiting Syrian refugees. Thanks to a successful event, I raised enough to house two Syrian refugee families, which was one of my most proud moments in life," says Boykins, who went on to earn two international master's degrees after graduating from Spelman. She and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond recently hosted a successful fundraiser for local educational nonprofit STEM NOLA.
Boykins started her nonprofit about six years ago at the age of 22, and her company Global Management and Marketing offers a fleet of packages, from business development to strategic-partnership consultation. She also delivers speeches on international stages, and is director of strategic relations at Noirbnb, a travel company that provides accommodations and event experiences, creating a better experience for travelers of color.
"I want to continue on the track I'm on to work around the world, helping with everything from homelessness to youth empowerment, and to hopefully one day change official policies." — FRANK ETHERIDGE
Sarah Vandergriff, 36
Legal and policy director, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
Book currently reading: The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst
Favorite local band: The Revivalists
Favorite local restaurant: Commander's Palace
As the legal and policy director for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, Sarah Vandergriff enjoys being a problem solver. Her duties include creating resources, guides and toolkits and developing laws and policies that make access to educational opportunities equitable for al.
Recent accomplishments include completing a legal handbook for charter school leaders. She currently is gearing up for the upcoming state legislative session.
"Louisiana is at the center of many national debates about public education and right now I'm really enjoying being a part of the frontline," she says. "I'm constantly asking myself how can I make school leaders' jobs easier. If I can make their jobs easier by getting them the resources they need to do their jobs well, then I've helped clear a path for teachers, students, and our city to succeed." — SARAH RAVITS