This fall, Portland Monthly and Knowledge Universe honor the second annual class of Knowledge Universe Rising Stars: emerging business, political, or arts professionals who leverage their time and skill in creative ways to build community. After a public call for nominations, we vetted, deliberated, and narrowed down more than 300 names to come up with our 21 honorees. It is our pleasure to announce the 2014 Knowledge Universe Rising Stars:

  • Aaron Killgore
  • Brian Forrester
  • Dámaso Rodriguez
  • David Keltner
  • Holly Pruett
  • Intisar Abioto
  • Jamie Dix
  • Jenelle Isaacson
  • Jessica Williams
  • Julie Sabatier
  • Kimberlin Butler
  • Kiyo Kubo
  • Lindsay Curley
  • Matt French
  • Misha Isaak
  • Molly Lindquist
  • Nova Newcomer
  • Simon Tam
  • Tony Deis
  • Tyler & Kim Malek

Knowledge Universe, the nation’s largest leader in Early Childhood Education, is headquartered in Portland and is dedicated to helping make Portland a great community in which to live, work, and play. Portland Monthly, the city’s award-winning metropolitan magazine, will join Knowledge Universe to honor the Rising Stars at the magazine’s 10th annual Light a Fire Awards dinner presented by Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.

About the Light a Fire Awards
Now in its 10th year, the Portland Monthly Light a Fire Awards celebrate local philanthropic organizations and leaders both in the pages of the magazine and at the Light a Fire Awards dinner on October 21.

Driven by a public call for nominations, the awards consist of 12 categories, including Most with the Least, honoring an organization doing big things with minimal resources and fewer than five paid staff members, and Lifetime Achievement, for an individual who has shown a tireless commitment to the nonprofit community over a lifetime of service.

The Light a Fire Awards dinner is presented by Bank of America and Merrill Lynch and supported by Knowledge Universe, Nike, and Packouz Jewelers. For tickets and more information on past winners, visit pdxmonthly.com/light-a-fire.

About Knowledge Universe® – United States
Knowledge Universe® – United States believes that the power of education changes lives. Every day more than 200,000 of children take their first steps, learn to read and prepare for school through our early childhood and school-age programs. The Knowledge Universe® – United States family of companies includes KinderCare Learning Centers®, CCLC®, Champions®, Cambridge Schools®, Knowledge Beginnings®, and the Grove Schools™ where more than 32,000 people help children discover books, music, science, sports, cooking, and language in a nurturing and safe environment. To learn more, visit us online at kueducation.com/us and on Twitter.
 

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