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Jonathan Powers / 2010 Top 40 Under 40

Age 31 Place of Birth Buffalo, NY Where you live Washington, D.C. First Job YMCA Summer Camp counselor What it taught me Patience. It also taught me about the joys of teaching, a profession I both greatly admire and hope to return to some day. Status Married Family Wife, Erin. Parents, Bill and Sue. Brothers Michael and Pat. Three things people would be surprised to know about me. 1. Former Rugby Player (medically retired). 2. Jam Band Fan. 3. Eagle Scout Best advice you could give someone starting out Life is an adventure and you have to be prepared to take risks to accomplish something great. Be prepared to move on an opportunity when it appears, but never forget about where you come from and the values that have made you the person you are today.

Jonanthan Powers is Chief Operating Officer of the Truman National Security Project, educating leaders on issues of national security. Previously, he served for four years as an Officer in the U.S. Army, including a 15 month tour in Iraq. In 2005, Powers founded War Kids Relief, returning to Baghdad as a civilian to engage Iraq's youth and minimize recruitment by extremists. War Kids Relief became a leading advocacy organization, working to create a bridge between American and Iraqi youth. In 2008, Powers was a candidate for New York's 26th Congressional District and is a member of AOH Division 1, Buffalo, N.Y.

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