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20 Under 40

Opelika’s 20 Under 40 program is made up of 20 outstanding people under the age of 40 who live in Opelika, love Opelika, and have a vested interest in shaping the direction of this city’s future. The purpose of the program is to bring together young professionals from diverse professions and backgrounds on a regular basis to learn about the various aspects of the intricate workings of a city, school system, business, industry, and public service to give them a better understanding of how all of these separate entities come together to create a working, viable community.  

The 20 Under 40 Program is dedicated to developing leaders by providing these opportunities: 

  • Learning about Opelika through community and government affairs leadership courses 
  • Giving back to the community through a class service project for a local non-profit organization 
  • Developing professionally through training and skill-based learning initiatives 
  • Engaging and connecting with each other as well as forging relationships with local business and organization leaders 

Our intention is to help create amazing future leaders for our community, and there is even a direct feed to city boards from this group. So many 20 under 40 graduates become movers & shapers in Opelika. Some graduates include Alabama Representative Jeremy Gray, City Councilman Todd Rauch, Rosanna McGinnis with the Opelika Library, and even our very own President Ali Rauch! 

To apply, applicants MUST complete the application and provide two letters of reference about why you would be a good class member. The application and two letters of reference can be e-mailed to Mackenzie Poole at mackenzie@opelikachamber.com or turned in at the Opelika Chamber at 601 Avenue A, Opelika, Alabama. Deadline for applications is Friday, April 29, 2022! 

20 Under 40 Group
Chase Higgins1

Chase Higgins

Opelika Police Department

Catherine Mullikin

Catherine Mullikin

Lee County Literacy Coalition / Opelika Public Library

Jessica Bryant

Jessica Bryant

Grace Mediation

Services, LLC

Andrew Pendola1

Andrew Pendola

Auburn University

Dani Nelson

Dani Nelson

Heritage House Lodging & Events

Beth Slaughter

Beth Slaughter

State Farm Insurance

Brandon McCurdy

Brandon McCurdy

Auburn University Credit Union

Jaci Lee

Jaci Lee

Achievement Center EasterSeals

Janataka Hughley-Holmes

Janatake Hughley-Holmes

Compassionate Hands

of Hope

Chandler Johnson

Chandler Johnson

Golden State Foods

Chiquita Brooks

Chiquita Brooks

Southern Union State Community College

Henry Williford

Henry Williford

Hueman Collective

Katie Kingston

Katie Kingston

AETNA

Sarah Huguley

Sarah Huguley

East Alabama Health

Nicole Stroud

Nicole Stroud

Lee-Russell Council of Governments

Natalie Carter

Natalie Carter

Opelika City Schools

Alex Bradfield

Alex Bradfield

Butcher Paper BBQ

Rob's Ribs

Alexandria Wood

Alexandria Wood

Lee County District Attorney's Office

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Matt Mosley

City of Opelika

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Anastasia Schmidt

Baxter Healthcare, LLC