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CED Grad Mario Cambardella Chosen for UGA's 40 Under 40 Class of 2021

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The University of Georgia’s College of Environment + Design is excited to announce that CED alumnus Mario Cambardella has been chosen as part of the UGA Alumni Association’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2021. Inclusion on the annual 40 Under 40 list is one of the most prestigious honors available to UGA alumni; selected from more than 400 nominations, the 40 Under 40 list celebrates the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of outstanding UGA graduates under the age of forty.

Mario CambardellaCambardella has received three degrees from the College of  Environment and Design – A 2006 graduate of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program, he returned in 2011 to earn his Master’s in Urban Planning and Design and then his Master’s degree of Landscape Architecture. Cambardella then served as Urban Agriculture Director for the City of Atlanta from 2015 until 2020, when he founded his company, ServeScape, which quickly became Atlanta’s largest online plant nursery. Cambardella’s entrepreneurship will be celebrated during an awards ceremony on September 10, hosted by the UGA Alumni Association at UGA’s Tate Student Center. Please join UGA’s College of Environment + Design as we congratulate Mario Cambardella for his outstanding achievement.

For more information, please visit the 2021 40 Under 40 list at 

@ugaalumni @urbanaginc @servescape


Press Release

UGA Alumni Association unveils the 2021 Class of 40 Under 40 

Alumni Association recognizes outstanding graduates under the age of 40  


Athens, Ga.  The University of Georgia Alumni Association has unveiled the 40 Under 40 Class of 2021. This program celebrates the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of successful UGA graduates under the age of 40. The honorees will be recognized during the 11th annual 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon Sept. 10 in the Tate Student Center on campus. 

This year’s outstanding group of young alumni includes a Major League Soccer communications director, United States Air Force commander, 11Alive News anchor, White House senior policy advisor and an award-winning writer.  

“We are excited to unveil this year’s class of 40 Under 40 and welcome them back home to Athens for the awards luncheon in September,” said Meredith Gurley Johnson, executive director of alumni relations. “I continue to be amazed by the excellence of our young alumni. These outstanding individuals exemplify leadership in their industries and communities.” 

Nominations for 40 Under 40 were open from February to April, and more than 400 nominations were received for this year’s class. Honorees must have attended UGA and uphold the Pillars of the Arch, which are wisdom, justice and moderation. Additional criteria are available on the UGA Alumni Association website.  

“This year’s honorees highlight the transformational work UGA graduates are doing early in their careers,” said Meredith Gurley Johnson, executive director of alumni relations. “Among this year’s class are individuals who are solving some of the greatest challenges facing our country and the world. During a particularly challenging year, we are especially proud to call them members of the Bulldog family.”  

The 2021 Class of 40 Under 40, including their graduation year(s) from UGA, city, title and employer, are:   

Angela Alfano (ABJ '10, AB '10), New York, New York, senior director of corporate communications, Major League Soccer 

Jennifer Bellamy (ABJ '08), Atlanta, anchor, 11Alive News 

Lauren D. Bellamy (AB '04, JD '07), Atlanta, senior associate general counsel, Grady Health System 

Greg Bluestein (AB '04, ABJ '04), Dunwoody, Georgia, political reporter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Marie Greene Broder (AB '06, ABJ '06, JD '10), Griffin, Georgia, district attorney, Griffin Judicial Circuit 

Gayle Cabrera (BBA '06), Cary, North Carolina, market president, SVP, Truist 

Mario Cambardella (BLA '06, MEPD '11, MLA '13), Chamblee, Georgia, founder/CEO, ServeScape 

Shontel Cargill (BS '10), Johns Creek, Georgia, assistant clinic director, Thriveworks 

Rebecca Chancey (BS '04), Atlanta, Georgia, lieutenant commander, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Public Health Service 

Carter Coe (MFR '11), Atlanta, managing partner, Chinook Forest Partners 

Harin J. Contractor (AB '04, AB '04), Washington, D.C., senior policy advisor, National Economic Council at the White House 

Tunisia Finch Cornelius (BS '04), Atlanta, doctor, Divine Dermatology & Aesthetics 

William Flowers Crozer (JD '12), Washington, D.C., vice president, BGR Group 

Jennifer A. Crozier (BS '06), Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, assistant professor and director of breast cancer research, Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center 

David A. Dy (BS '03), Tuscola, Texas, commander, 7 Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, United States Air Force 

Keith Giddens (MACC '04), Charlotte, North Carolina, market managing partner for Charlotte, Dixon Hughes Goodman 

Eric Gray (BSED '04), Atlanta, executive director, Catalyst Sports Inc. 

Cody Hall (AB '15), Dawsonville, Georgia, director of communications, Office of the Governor 

John Hyer (PHARMD '12), Murphy, North Carolina, CEO and owner, King’s Pharmacy 

Whitney Ingram (BS '11, PHD '16), Albuquerque, New Mexico, R&D S&E electronics engineer, Sandia National Laboratories 

Ryan Loke (AB '16), Atlanta, deputy chief operating officer, Office of the Governor 

Josh Mackey (AB '05), Atlanta, partner/founder, Capital City Public Affairs 

Ana Maria Martinez (BBA '04), Decatur, Georgia, president/staff attorney, Georgia Latino Law Foundation/DeKalb State Court 

Willie Mazyck (BSED '04, MED '06, MBA '14), Atlanta, senior vice president of talent development, XPO Logistics, Inc. 

Anna Wrigley Miller (AB '14), Watkinsville, Georgia, general government division manager, Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget 

E. Heath Milligan (BSFCS '05), Marietta, Georgia, principal, Macallan Real Estate 

David W. Okun (AB '12, AB '12), Alexandria, Virginia, country officer, U.S. Department of State 

Jitendra Pant (PHD '18), Ann Arbor, Michigan, scientific research fellow, University of Michigan 

Biren Patel (MBA '12), Macon, Georgia, founder and president, Biren Patel Engineering LLC 

Doug Reineke (AB '05), Atlanta, director of state development & advocacy, CareSource 

Victoria Sanchez (AB '08, MA '10), Washington, D.C., special assistant, U.S. Department of State 

Terrel Sanders (BS '05), Accra, Ghana, lieutenant commander, lab director, Infectious Diseases, Global Health Engagement, U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3 Ghana Detachment 

Josh Sandler (BBA '09), Nairobi, Kenya, co-founder and CEO, Lori Systems 

Hilary Shipley (BSFCS '04), Savannah, Georgia, principal, Colliers International Savannah 

Bowen Reichert Shoemaker (ABJ '06), Macon, Georgia, assistant united states attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office 

Cara Winston Simmons (AB '03, MED '07, PHD '18), Athens, director and adjunct faculty, University of Georgia 

Daniel W. Stewart (BSFCS '05), Augusta, Georgia, president and COO, Wier / Stewart 

Brittany Thoms (ABJ '04), Watkinsville, Georgia, president, co-founder, See.Spark.Go 

Tracey D. Troutman (BSA '07, MAL '08), Washington, D.C., director, Office of Outreach, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service 

Raquel D. Willis (ABJ '13), Brooklyn, New York, writer, activist 




Writer: Danielle Bezila, 706-542-3226, 

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