Michele Mixon Jones ’11 ’14 Named to UCF’s 2018 30 Under 30

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Michele Mixon Jones ’11 ’14

UCF Alumni announced the recipients of its fourth annual 30 Under 30 Awards on March 30. This year’s class includes marketing and communications professionals, entrepreneurs, engineers, software specialists, attorneys, education leaders, doctors, nurses, the youngest-elected Florida state representative and a football star, among others.

Michele Mixon Jones ’11 ’14 graduated with dual bachelor degrees in interpersonal communications from UCF’s College of Sciences, and in public administration from the School of Public Administration. She went on to earn a master’s degree in public administration and a graduate certificate in emergency management and homeland security.

Michele is a leader in her industry, guiding multiple projects and committees in her role as senior emergency management coordinator for Brevard County and in other several statewide working groups. She is the lead planner for response to and recovery from emergencies and played a significant role in activating emergency response to Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. She also dedicates her personal time to UCF as a member of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Advisory Board and committee chair of the Space Coast UCF Alumni Chapter’s Starry Knights scholarship fundraiser.

“This year’s 30 under 30 class is a group of trailblazing young alumni who have made an impact within their professions, communities, and this university in the early stages of their careers. The record-breaking accomplishments of this group are inspiring, and they rank as the best of the best from UCF’s accomplished young alumni base,” says Mike Kilbride ’12, chair of UCF’s Young Alumni Council. “UCF is a special place, and it is inspiring to see so many of our graduates building on their UCF experience to make an impact in our community and around the country. The entire Young Alumni Council is proud of this group of finalists, and on behalf of UCF, I extend my sincerest congratulations on this well-deserved accomplishment.”

The 30 Under 30 Awards program recognizes outstanding young alumni who strive for greatness in their professional and personal lives. Open-nominations for the 2018 class were accepted on UCFAlumni.com from January through February. Nominations were reviewed and scored by UCF Alumni staff and previous 30 Under 30 recipients, and winners were selected by the UCF Young Alumni Council. The finalists were then confirmed by the UCF Alumni Board based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a graduate of the University of Central Florida (undergraduate or graduate degree)
  • Must be age 29 or under on May 19, 2018
  • Nominees for 30 Under 30 must demonstrate a commitment to maintaining a lifelong relationship with Knights and strive to uphold UCF Young Alumni values of “Scholarship, Bold, Trailblazing, Generous, Resilient”
  • Self nominations are not accepted

The winners will be recognized in a formal ceremony on campus at the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center on May 19.