Much of Andrea Cobb’s world centers around learning, and it is her accomplishments there that convinced judges that she should be among “40 Under Forty” for 2016.

Self-proclaimed introvert that she is, it was certainly a learning experience to step out as a candidate and be elected a director of Tacoma School Board – the youngest – in November 2015. Andrea is also an active board member of Palmer Scholars, a community effort to identify and support high school seniors of color and get them off to college.

“I am passionate about finding ways to remove the social and cultural barriers between students and schools that prevent them from achieving their full potential,” Cobb wrote. And she believes adults in schools need to be committed to finding ways to reach each student.

Her nominator called Andrea Cobb “an incredible role model for young people in the community” and that can extend now as a member of 2016 40 Under Forty.

By day, Jay Jetter will be found in Olympia, where he is a senior policy adviser for the state Department of Revenue. After hours, however, it is his deep involvement in the Tacoma community that brings him “40 Under Forty” recognition.

Jetter is president of Thea Foss Waterway Development Authority and active with New Tacoma Neighborhood Council and his homeowners association, while also a part-time student at UW-Seattle law school. And all of this came because he bravely reached out at age 30 to leave home in Arizona for a life-long dream to live in the Puget Sound area.

He describes the past eight years in Tacoma as: “I have a great job with interesting work and an incredible supervisor and colleagues. It allows me to … pursue a degree in tax law, while also being able to volunteer in various community activities. The move up here has been everything I could ask for, and more!”

Jetter says his biggest challenge began in June 2015 when he was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent surgery, then chemotherapy while working part-time and resuming his UW classes. He is now cancer free and moving forward full-time at his job, in the community and his personal life. 

Jay Jetter will be recognized along with Andrea Cobb-Mosesly and 38 other remarkable members of 2016 40 Under Forty on Wednesday, August 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets and more information are at this link.