Ten Outstanding Young Leaders

Ten Outstanding Young Leaders

Each year, we honor ten of the region’s current and emerging young leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the civic and business environment and the quality of life in Greater Boston.

The Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Awards began as a program of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as a way to recognize the most prominent and influential young leaders in Boston. Now, more than half a century later, this award has evolved to spotlight young professionals across all sectors who fiercely strive to make the Greater Boston region the best place for businesses and people to thrive. 

This year, specifically, we are awarding those individuals who address barriers and support equity. They are leaders whose principals embody what it means to create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment, culture, organization, or community.

Nominations are open from Thursday, July 9, 2020 until Friday, July 31, 2020

Honorees will be spotlighted throughout our Fierce Urgency of Now festival from September 16 - 20. This year, the festival is fully digital, so we'll be showcasing the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders through promotions all week long. 

To see the list of all past honorees, click here

Learn about our 2019 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders:

Abigail Paul


Abby Paul is a director in PwC’s Asset & Wealth Management practice. She has more than 12 years of experience serving large, complex, global asset management firms, including registered and alternative investment funds. In 2011, Abby completed a short-term tour in our PwC Dublin office working on a global asset management client and in 2016 participated in the PwC’s distinctive global leadership development program, Genesis Park. Abby co-chairs PwC’s Women’s Leadership Council, where she has designed and executed a Women’s Mentoring Program that empowers and inspires women to realize their potential through workshops on vulnerability, authentic leadership, and men as allies. 

Andrea J. Campbell


Andrea Joy Campbell was first elected as the District 4 Boston City Councilor on November 3, 2015, representing the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Mattapan, and parts of Roslindale and Jamaica Plain. At the start of her second term in 2018, Council President Campbell was unanimously elected Boston City Council President by her colleagues. She is the first African-American woman to serve in this role. Council President Campbell began her career at a nonprofit in Roxbury providing free legal services to students and their parents. She has worked as legal counsel in both the public and private sectors, including serving as deputy legal counsel for former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

Carl G. Streed Jr, MD, MPH, FACP


Carl Streed Jr., MD is an Assistant Professor in the Boston University School of Medicine. As the Research Lead for the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Boston Medical Center Dr. Streed collaborates with researchers, physicians, and staff to assess and address the health and well-being of transgender and gender diverse individuals. Nationally, he has chaired the American Medical Association Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Issues and served on the board of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality. Dr. Streed’s efforts to improve the health and well-being of sexual and gender minority individuals and communities have earned him several awards, notably from the University of Chicago Alumni Association, the American Medical Association Foundation, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, as well as recognition from the Obama White House.

Irene Li


Irene Li operates Mei Mei Street Kitchen & Mei Mei Restaurant in Boston, where her work centers around ethical sourcing and fair employment practices. Her businesses merge modern techniques and multicultural cuisine with local foods and sustainable business practices. Mei Meiʼs creative, farm-driven, Chinese American food has been featured in Food & Wine, The New York Times, People, Bon Appetit, and more. At Mei Mei, Irene directs a groundbreaking open book management training program in conjunction with Rethink Restaurants. Sheʼs working to provide the entire team, from dishwashers to sous chefs, with valuable financial know-how and business management skills, and an opportunity for profit-sharing. She is an Eater Young Gun winner, Zagat and Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, and a five-time James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef semi-finalist. 

Julie E. Johnson


Julie Johnson is the Co-founder & CEO of Armored Things, an early stage company using AI to transform physical security and operations for large venues and campuses. Armored Things' mission is to keep people safe where they work, live and play, which was crystallized early in the company's founding after events like the Las Vegas shooting revealed a critical need to bring data and AI into the world of physical security to get better insights, faster to key decision makers. Julie co-founded Armored Things after working at Qualcomm, where she was focused on cybersecurity for the Internet of Things for both the corporate venture capital arm and as a strategic liaison for the Bay Area research & development team. Previously, Julie held various positions across trading, investment management, and venture capital.