Good Works Under 40 People's Choice Award

Five outstanding civic and business leaders under the age of 40 have been selected as finalists for the annual Good Works Under 40 (GWU40) awards program presented by The Dallas Foundation and The Dallas Morning News.  The awards program is designed to shine a spotlight on up-and-coming leaders working to improve the future of Dallas and that inspire their peers to make a difference. The winner will receive a $10,000 check to donate to his or her charity of choice. 

Once again, the general public will be allowed to honor a finalist with the People's Choice Award

The following individuals have been selected as the 2018 Good Works Under 40 finalists. We invite the community to cast a vote to decide on which individual should receive a $1,000 grant for his or her chosen charity during The Dallas Foundation's Good Works Under 40 Award Ceremony on November 7.

Voting closes at COB on November 2. Individuals may vote once per day.




Josh Terry

Josh Terry currently serves on the board of governors and as chairman of the finance committee of Uplift Education, the largest charter school network in the Dallas/Fort Worth region. Josh has served on the finance committee since joining the board, serving as the committee chair two separate times, including the current year. He has provided invaluable financial expertise to tighten financial controls, improve days cash on hand and liquidity, and provide financial oversight to an annual budget of over $205 million. Josh is a faithful and engaged member of the organization's board, with a true concern for adhering to the mission of the organization and to supporting staff who are implementing the work. Josh is the founder and president of The Garden Group, a family owned diversified holding company based in Dallas that provides aspiring entrepreneurs the capital, guidance and support they need to enable growth. He is a graduate of Baylor University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Josh also serves on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Safety Committee of Friends of the Katy Trail.

Adam Kraus

In 2013, Adam Kraus tapped into his passion for giving back by founding the nonprofit Dallas Autumn Ball to engage Millennial’s through its annual namesake black-tie fundraiser and bi-monthly volunteer service projects at schools in Dallas. The Dallas Autumn Ball currently benefits Reading Partners, an in-school tutoring and mentoring organization for K - 4 students at Title I schools who read six months to two years behind their reading level. Since it's founding, the Dallas Autumn Ball has donated over $150,000 to support education organizations such as Reading Partners, and has sent over 500 young professionals to complete volunteer service projects at local Dallas Schools. Adam studied business management at Boston University where he was also a member of the men’s ice hockey team. Adam was one of the first born and raised Texans to win a NCAA National Championship when he was part of the 2009 NCAA National Championship team at Boston University. After graduating from Boston University in 2011 and ending his ice hockey career, Adam moved back to Dallas to begin his business and philanthropic endeavors. He currently works in commercial real estate with Goldman Sachs, focusing on multifamily apartment investments throughout the country.

Joe Nguyen

Joe Nguyen serves as an active volunteer with the Muscular Dystrophy Association  and is an advocate for children and adults with Muscular Dystrophy, ALS and other neuromuscular diseases.  His 10 year commitment to the Fill the Boot program has helped to raise critical funds for the organization. Most recently, Joe began volunteering at MDA's week long summer camp at Camp John Marc, where 100 DFW children living with neuromuscular diseases are able to attend a fully accessible camp with a 1:1 camper to counselor ratio and 24 hour care. In his first year as counselor, Joe worked to create an adaptive archery course for the children and trained camp staff to use the equipment. Joe's commitment to community extends to his professional career as a Dallas Fire Fighter and soon to be Dallas Police Reserves Officer. He is a 10 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he served two tours in Fallujah and received the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal  with a distinguished combat V for valor. 

Laura Day

Laura Day has dedicated her life to serving her community and inspiring students to do the same. She is a founding member and advisory board member of United To Learn, which strives to create equitable schools and learning for all students in North Dallas. Since the program's inception, Laura has led high school students from all over Dallas to donate over 100,000 hours to creating strategies for literacy across six local elementary schools, measurably increasing literacy rates in those schools. Laura serves as the founding Director of the Institute for Social Impact at The Hockaday School where she investigates the intersection of community engagement and problem solving throughout North Dallas.  In addition, Laura serves as the Director of United to Lead, a fellowship program  within United To Learn that brings together students from Thomas Jefferson, WT White, Hillcrest, Williams Prep, Hockaday, and Jesuit to learn how to be leaders in their communities. Laura also volunteers at Reading Partners and Habitat for Humanity, and is a LeadershipISD Fellow.

Adan Gonzalez

Adan Gonzalez is the founder & executive director of Puede Network, where he organizes initiatives with C-Suite executives to provide comprehensive college access services, volunteer opportunities, and mentorship to underprivileged students in inner city public schools. He has engaged with over 200,000 students and parents in all around the world through presentations, blogs and radio programs, advocating the importance of higher education, parental support, and community involvement. Adan graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education and received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, while working for the U.S. Department of Education and the White House. He served as the captain of the Georgetown University Boxing team, and won the US National Collegiate Championship. Adan is a US Congressional Gold Medalist, Jefferson National Public Service Awardee, Coors Light National Latino Leader of the Year, Gates Millennium Scholar, and National Coca Cola Scholar.