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Forbes Names Gallatin Alumni in the 2021 30 under 30 List

Annual list highlights achievements in the food and music industries.

Dec 9, 2021

Headshot of Jordan Anderson and Blake Slatkin

Jordan Anderson (BA'14) and Blake Slatkin. Images via Forbes

Jordan Anderson (BA ’14) and Blake Slatkin were selected by Forbes for the tenth annual “30 Under 30” list created to “identify the new guard, the young innovators, trailblazers and disruptors remaking our world.”

Chef Jordan Anderson (BA ’14) was featured for his work as the executive chef and co-founder of Sami & Susu, an all-day Mediterranean restaurant based in NYC. Inspired by family recipes, Anderson and cofounder Amir Nathan launched Sami & Susu as a roving pop-up in summer 2020 to serve coffee, pastries, small plates, and natural wines. After a year of delivering food all over the city, Sami & Susu put down roots in the Lower East Side.

Producer and writer Blake Slatkin was featured for his achievements in music. Working with musicians like The Kid Laroi, Lil Nas X, Justin Bieber, Iann Dior, Slatkin has made three top 10 hits in the last year. He recently received a Titanium award from iHeart Radio for 1 billion total audience spins on “Mood” by 24k Goldn and Iann Dior.

This year’s additions to the Forbes 30 under 30 list join influential Gallatin alumni recognized by Forbes for leaving their mark, with over 20 NYU alumni making the cut. Since 2014, 24 Gallatin alumni have been named to the list. Past notables include Madeline Sayet (MA ’12 in Arts Politics and Post-Colonial Theory), the current Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (YIPAP); Phillip Picardi (BA ’12 with a concentration in Beauty), the founder of Them, a Condé-Nast LGBTQ-focused publication; and Rachel Tippograph (BA ‘09 in Entertainment Business & New Media), founder and CEO of MikMak.

The listing of Slatkin and Anderson in Forbes serves as the bellwether for future success in their industries and as a testament to Gallatin’s remarkable ability to produce change-makers in industries as diverse as the concentrations offered at Gallatin.