Alumni named to Forbes 30 Under 30 lists
Two University alumni appear on Forbes Magazine’s sixth annual 30 Under 30 listings of the most influential people under the age of 30. The lists, which span 20 different industries, honor entrepreneurs, breakout stars and agents of change across their respective disciplines.
Six hundred innovators in their fields garnered this honor, including the following LA-area alumni:
Jacquie Katz, College of Arts and Sciences/Newhouse ’09, Hollywood and Entertainment. Katz, 29, is a television literary agent for Creative Artists Agency, an American-based talent and sports agency located in Los Angeles. Katz has worked with comedy writers and directors for successful television shows like “Modern Family,” “Transparent” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” as well as “The Daily Show.” Katz’s clientele also includes Amber Ruffin, a writer on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and the first African-American woman to write for a late-night, network television talk show. Katz, a resident of Los Angeles, was a dual major, earning degrees in both psychology and public relations.
Drew Taggart, Visual and Performing Arts ’12, Music. Taggart, 27, is a musician for the electronic dance music duo The Chainsmokers, who were nominated for three Grammy awards this year, including Best New Artist for their hits “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Closer.” Taggart, a West Hollywood resident, and bandmate Alex Pall are among the favorites to win a 2017 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Taggart studied in Syracuse’s Bandier Program and earned a degree in the recording and allied entertainment industries.