Forbes has released its annual 30 Under 30 roundup, and three locals have landed on the prestigious list. After sifting through thousands of entries, the magazine curates 30 of the top young Americans across 20 different industries, examining everything from sports and celebrity to social innovation and healthcare.
Here in San Antonio, Fatema Basrai, the 27-year-old executive director of Leadership SAISD; Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs; and tech entrepreneur Alberto Altamirano have been named among the nation's best.
A native Texan, Fatema Basrai received her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin before taking a position with Teach for America. After spending time in the classroom, Basrai said she realized her calling was to improve education from the outside. "I realized that I could have a bigger impact by enacting systems of change outside of the classroom," she told the magazine.
As the head of Leadership SAISD, Basrai helps civic-minded San Antonians learn how to be active advocates for public education. Since 2013, the nine-month program has helped prepare locals for leadership positions within the educational landscape such as parent-teacher associations, boards of trustees, nonprofits, and volunteer positions.
And though he's been sidelined with a quadriceps injury since May, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has also made the list under the sports category. The 26-year-old, two-time NBA All-Star was named alongside fellow Texan Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros. In addition to playing for the Spurs, Leonard is also partnered with Nike.
In the social entrepreneur category, Alberto Altamirano was lauded for his work as co-founder of Cityflag. An "interactive public service experience," Cityflag is a soon-to-be-released app that lets citizens be advocates for their own neighborhoods. After downloading the app, users can flag issues commonly passed off to 3-1-1, and it allows city officials to monitor these same issues and detect patterns.