Baruch College Alumni Make TIME Magazine's 100 "Most Influential People of 2018"
TIME magazine named Baruch College alumni Cristina Jiménez (MPA ’11) and Adam Neumann (BBA ’17) among the 100 “Most Influential People of 2018.”
Ms. Jiménez, co-founder and executive director of United We Dream, a youth-led immigrants’ rights organization, was recognized by TIME in the Icons category for playing “an important role in President Obama’s decision to sign the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” United We Dream, founded in 2008, empowers individuals to organize and develop leadership skills to fight for social justice. The organization has more than 400,000 members across the U.S. and an online reach of more than 4 million individuals. The Chronicle of Philanthropy recognized Ms. Jimenez in 2013 as a leader and among “5 From the Nonprofit World Who Will Influence Public Policy in 2013” and again in 2016 in the Advocates category of its “40 Under 40: Young Leaders Who Are Solving the Problems of Today—and Tomorrow” list. She also received a MacArthur Foundation Genius award in 2017.
Mr. Neumann, co-founder and CEO of WeWork, a collaborative workspace company, was recognized by TIME in the Titans category for “revolutionizing the way we work and reimagining how we live.” Founded in 2010, WeWork creates physical and virtual shared workspaces for startups, small businesses, freelancers, and entrepreneurs across 24 U.S. cities and five continents. The startup company, which has more than 200,000 members globally, was valued at $20 billion in 2017. Mr. Neumann started at Baruch in 2002 but left in the fall of 2005 to become a serial entrepreneur, developing two lines of children’s clothing in addition to WeWork. After returning to college at the behest of his grandmother, he served as the commencement speaker for his own graduating class in 2017.
Jiménez obtained a Master of Public Administration from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs while Neumann received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Zicklin School of Business.
About the TIME 100:
Each year, TIME recognizes 100 individuals whose contributions to the world are deemed by magazine staff to be timely and relevant to larger society. First published in 1999, the TIME 100 list features politicians, celebrities, researchers, entrepreneurs, professional athletes, and social activists across such categories as Artists, Icons, Leaders, Pioneers, and Titans.