The 2023 Philadelphia Forty Under 40

City and State Pennsylvania introduce the next generation of rising stars in Philadelphia. Meet The 2023 Philadelphia Forty Under 40.

In 2020, Rodney and Erika McLeod founded the Change Our Future Foundation, aiming to alter the trajectory for underserved young people of color. “Rodney and I saw so many communities where the students looked like us, but they didn’t have as many opportunities,” recalled Erika McLeod, 33. As Rodney, 32, built a career with the NFL – he recently signed with the Cleveland Browns – the couple simultaneously devoted themselves to philanthropy in their adopted hometown of Philadelphia. Their foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through fundraisers like their extremely popular annual Sneaker Ball while partnering with local high schools.

At last year’s debut Youth Leadership Summit, “it was so inspiring to see students who maybe never believed in themselves displaying leadership qualities,” said Erika. For Rodney, a highlight has been college visits with the Foundation’s young men’s mentorship program...

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