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Lindsay Young Lopez is named one of Columbia's
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lindsay Young Lopez, senior director of development for Columbia College, was named one of Columbia's "20 under 40" for 2009. She is the first person from Columbia College to receive this honor since the program began in 2001.

Sponsored by the Columbia Business Times, the awards are given every other year to men and women under the age of 40 for their achievements in business and dedication to the local community. Award winners must possess talent, ambition, passion, achievement and leadership and can be nominated by business associates, friends, employers and previous award winners.

The CBT calls the class of 2009 a "well-rounded, well-balanced group of young movers and shakers that mirrors the essence of Columbia's business community."

Lopez said she's honored to be included in the 2009 "20 under 40" class.

"I’ve been a faithful reader of the Columbia Business Times for years and am really pleased to be included among such an esteemed group of successful and passionate business leaders," she said.

Lopez began her career at Columbia College in Jan. 2008. She provides oversight for contributor relations activities, including management of the college's contributor appreciation societies, planned giving and endowments, advancement services and research. She previously served as the director of external relations for the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri.

"What I love most about working in the development field is the opportunity to build relationships with those people who care about the institution and want to invest in its future," said Lopez. “Columbia College has many devoted and talented alumni and friends and I greatly respect the college leadership, so every day provides incentive and inspiration for my work. I consider myself extremely lucky.”

To see who else made the "20 under 40" class for 2009, click here.