Brendan Smialowski, Agence France-Presse
39, Colorado — 2, D
The first Eritrean-American elected to Congress and member of the Regents of the University of Colorado, Joe founded New Era Colorado, an organization dedicated to getting young people involved in politics. He focused much of his 2021 on the environment as Colorado was faced with devastating wildfires and was part of the Congressional delegation to attend the Climate Change Conference in Scotland.
At the age of 31, Joe was appointed to the Governor of Colorado’s Cabinet as Executive Director of the consumer protection agency, recovering millions of dollars for consumers, investigating financial fraud, and setting up the state’s first online filing system for civil rights discrimination complaints.
33, New York — 14, D