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Gambit's 40 Under 40, class of 2017 

Our annual look at the city's movers and shakers

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Dr. Marc Matrana, 38
Physician, Ochsner Medical Center

Book currently reading: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Favorite local restaurant: Antoine's Restaurant
What is your hidden talent? Oil painting

Having completed his training in oncology at the renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Marc Matrana returned to his native New Orleans to help develop and implement the Precision Cancer Therapies Program (PCTP) at Ochsner Medical Center, establishing a potentially life-saving treatment previously unavailable in the Deep South.

  "Having grown up near what is called 'Cancer Alley,' this region has been the epicenter of the problem, but now I hope we can become the epicenter of the solution," says Matrana of Ochsner's Precision Cancer Therapies Program, which started in April and is bringing clinical trials to New Orleans based on tests of the genomes of tumors in cancer patients. "Doing this at a genetic level, we can really push the envelope of innovation and say to patients, 'We have a treatment for you.' The bottom line, really, is we want to bring new hope to cancer patients who otherwise may not have had hope." — FRANK ETHERIDGE

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Dr. Kimberly Mukerjee, 33
Director of immigrant and refugee health, Tulane University School of Medicine

Book currently reading: Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli
Favorite local restaurant: Boucherie
What is your hidden talent? Salsa dancing

Kimberly Mukerjee grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine, while also attaining a master's degree in public health at the university's School of Public Health. She came to Tulane University's School of Medicine for her residency in pediatrics, and as an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, she has become Tulane's first director of immigrant and refugee health.

  Mukerjee cares for patients at two clinics and mentors residents in pediatrics. Some of her patients came to the United States with families after fleeing violence in their home countries. Mukerjee treats children suffering from conditions ranging from malnutrition to post-traumatic stress disorder. She also works with patients to secure needed care, ranging from a first eye exam to mental health services. She is fluent in Spanish and is researching barriers to care for immigrants and refugees. — WILL COVIELLO

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Mallory Page, 34
Owner, Mallory Page Studio

Book currently reading: The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Favorite local band: Boyfriend
What is your hidden talent? Cajun gumbo

Artist Mallory Page specializes in large-scale, thinly layered monochromatic paintings. Since 2010, she has operated Mallory Page Studio on Julia Street, and she recently debuted her first institutional solo exhibition, which is on view until December at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts in Texas.

  A native of Lafayette, Page employs soft color palettes, along with subtle and abstract ways to engage with her heritage. She remains fascinated with the relationship between space and identity. Though she has practiced making art since childhood, Page also pursued an education in design.

  She enjoys being part of the artistic community in New Orleans and values the diversity of people who live and visit here.

  "I love how New Orleans attracts so many different guests," she says. "I often meet and make great friends here from all over the world that I would have never met elsewhere. Our local friends have a common love of good entertainment and hospitality that is incomparable. New Orleans has the best hosts in the world." — SARAH RAVITS

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Alex Reed, 30
Co-founder and CEO, Fluence Analytics; @alex_w_reed

Favorite local band: The Revivalists
Favorite local restaurant: Clancy's
What is your hidden talent? Correctly predicting the end of movies and TV shows

As founder and CEO of Fluence Analytics, New Orleans native Alex Reed helms a company that manufactures industrial and laboratory monitoring systems that produce continuous data streams. Under his leadership, the company has grown from two part-time employees to a team of 18 working with the $1 trillion per year polymer industry and the $160 billion per year biopharmaceutical industry.

  Fluence Analytics, which Reed established in 2012 (formerly known as APMT), is made up of a team of interdisciplinary scientists and engineers who get "lab ideas converted into working hardware and software products used by large corporations."

  "Constantly adapting to change, learning from mistakes and always striving to get better are the most important things I've learned to do so far," he says.

  In the future, Reed plans to work with others in the community to build an innovation-based economy in New Orleans. — SARAH RAVITS

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Ting-ting Rivers, 36
Advisor, trepwise and AIM Philanthropy

Book currently reading: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Favorite local band: Soul Sinner (her husband plays drums)
What is your hidden talent? "I am secretly Batman."

As an advisor for trepwise, an impact consulting firm, Ting-ting Rivers is dedicated to improving outcomes for traditionally disenfranchised groups, particularly in the areas of education and affordable housing.

  A former CEO for the Louisiana Recovery School District, Rivers also works on AIM Philanthropy, a partnership established in 2016 between trepwise and consulting firm Nexus Research Group. The goal is to increase philanthropy's impact by combining effective organizational practices with grant-making strategies to optimize funds. A current program involves an education technology nonprofit.

  "We're helping them evaluate their business model to position themselves for faster growth," she says. "I'm also working on a project where we're helping individual nonprofit affordable housing developers ... find cost savings around things like financial management, marketing and public relations." — SARAH RAVITS

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William C. Snowden, 32
Supervising attorney, Orleans Public Defenders' office; @JurorProject

Book currently reading: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson
Favorite local restaurant: Neyow's Creole Cafe
Preferred drink: Whiskey and ginger ale

As an Orleans public defender, William Snowden was concerned that the makeup of jury pools didn't reflect the city at large, he says. "What we're often left with are people on a jury, for example, who say they haven't had a negative experience with the New Orleans Police Department, and that doesn't reflect the city."

  He started The Juror Project in January 2016 to "improve people's perspective of jury duty" he says, by presenting and answering questions about the importance of the accused being judged by a jury of their peers.

  Snowden grew up in Milwaukee and began working as a law clerk in the public defender's office in 2012. He was offered a job here a year later. In his spare time, he plays electric cello in Junko Beat, a self-described "cosmic funk jamtronic dance band." — KEVIN ALLMAN

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Cate Swinburn, 39
Executive director, YouthForce NOLA; @cateswin; @YouthForceNOLA

Favorite local band: Lost Bayou Ramblers
Favorite local restaurants: High Hat Cafe and Ancora
Preferred drink: Manhattan

When Cate Swinburn and her husband moved to New Orleans from Washington D.C. in 2012, she already had a background in education as president of the D.C. Public Education Fund, a nonprofit that connected philanthropic and private-sector partnerships with public education, Swinburn says.

  Today she's executive director of YouthForce NOLA, a nonprofit that seeks to get Orleans Parish public high school students trained in "high-wage, high-demand fields," she says.

  "We're focused on three industry clusters where there's going to be the greatest number of jobs in the next 10 years," she says. Those include technology, health sciences, engineering, architecture and construction.

  "Our educational landscape is quite different than the average city," Swinburn says. "What we set out to do ... is ensure that across the city there are high-quality resources [for public school students]." YouthForceNOLA's goal is to provide 20 percent of the class of 2020 with certification training and 10 percent of that class with paid internships. — KEVIN ALLMAN

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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

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Emilie Whelan, 33
Artistic director, Cripple Creek Theatre Company

Book currently reading: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Favorite new album: Background Music by John Adams
Favorite local band: The Great Glaspy Experience

Since moving to New Orleans and helping establish Cripple Creek Theatre Company, Emilie Whelen has acted in and directed diverse shows, including The Taming of the Shrew, Ragtime and Caligula.

  Part of her work with Cripple Creek is to reach broader audiences, which has included free tickets aimed at improving access to theater. This summer, Cripple Creek produced The Taming of the Shrew with the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. The company also presented the play to audiences at Bridge House, Grace House, the Treme Recreation Community Center and the Dixon Correctional Institute.

  "The idea of Shakespeare was to tell a story that worked for the queen — and people who've paid a few pence," Whelan says. "Theater is a forum for people to come together. Can we all come together on the same story?" — WILL COVIELLO


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