On July 13, 2022, the University of Georgia announced the 2022 40 Under 40 honorees. The winners include 7 graduates with SPIA degrees. 40 Under 40 celebrates young alumni leading the pack in their industries and communities.

SPIA’s honorees are:

Latasha V. Barnes (AB ’05, AB ’05), Owner/Managing Attorney, The Barnes Law Office, LLC

Kayla E. Cooper (AB ’05, AB ’05, JD ’08), Senior Staff Attorney, City of Augusta, Georgia

Matthew Scott Fowler (AB ’14), Relationship Management Executive, REPAY – Realtime Electronic Payments

Brendan F. Murphy (AB ’05, AB ’05, JD ’08), Chief Magistrate Judge, Magistrate Court of Cobb County

Johnelle Simpson II (AB ’16, BBA ’16), Attorney, Fortson, Bentley, and Griffin, P.A.

Alton M. Standifer (PHD ’21), Deputy Chief of Staff, University of Georgia

Grant Thomas (AB ’15, MBA ’20), Director, Governor’s Office of Health Strategy and Coordination

Nominations for 40 Under 40 were open from February to April, and more than 600 nominations were received. Honorees must have attended UGA and uphold the Pillars of the Arch, which are wisdom, justice and moderation.