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Parsons School of Design Alumni Land Coveted Spots on 2021 Edition of Forbes’ “30 Under 30”

Since its inception in 2011, the prestigious Forbes “30 Under 30” list has featured New School alumni every year with the singular distinction reserved for rising stars who are already performing at the highest level in their industry. The honor reflects The New School’s mission to foster creative and entrepreneurial talent that creates positive change in the world, and this year’s honorees are no exception.

In the “Games” category, Carolina Acosta, BFA Communication Design ’15, founder of Tragos Games, was recognized for Tragos, a card game that celebrates and pokes fun at Latino cultural norms and traditions. According to Forbes, the game is “…wholly self-funded, and has made more than $1 million since launching two years ago.” 

Acosta’s team has donated profits from the game to charities, including 50% of earnings from its quarantine-themed Stay Home Digital pack toward the Immigrant Worker Safety Net fund, which provides resources to undocumented workers.

Breanne Harrison-Pollock, BFA Fashion Design ’14, and Rachel Feinberg, BFA Fashion Design ’14, were also recognized in the “Games” category as the co-founders of gaming gear company Ateyo. According to Forbes, “…the company has secured collaborations with YouTube Gaming, NZXT and Evil Geniuses, and also works with charity organizations including Girls Make Games. The pair previously founded DAMNsel, a New York Fashion Week-featured company that was worn by Beyonce.”

In the “Manufacturing and Industry” category, Sara “Winona” Quigley, BFA Fashion Design ’16, was recognized as the co-founder of Green Matters Natural Dye Company, which makes environmentally friendly dyes for the fashion and soft goods industries. 

According to Forbes, “The five-year-old company sources dyes from a variety of ethically-minded vendors, completes all production using only rainwater and uses food waste as a source of sustainable color. In 2020, it developed a food waste dyeing program with Chipotle Mexican Grill and Loomstate, using avocado pits from Chipotle’s restaurants to create a clothing line.”

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