Carlson, Diaz Land on Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Dillon Fieldhouse

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Former Radcliffe women's heavyweight crew member Jill Carlson '12 and Alex Diaz '14, a former student manager for the Harvard men's basketball team, were named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Carlson was recognized for her efforts in finance, while Diaz was among the brightest in law and policy.

Carlson, who earned varsity letters all four years from 2009-12, is "a principal at Slow Ventures, managing the blockchain portion of the $220 million fund," according to Forbes.

More from Forbes: "A former Goldman Sachs trader, Carlson was accepted to Oxford University, where she wrote one of the first academic papers on bitcoin. She worked as strategy lead at Chain (sold to Stellar) and co-founded the Open Money Initiative, a non-profit studying how people in the developing world use cryptocurrency and fiat money."

Carlson, who was voted a co-captain as a senior in 2012, helped Harvard to a 35-21 record over her four years, which included NCAA Championship appearances in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her 2012 squad won the Ivy League Championship, which led Carlson to earning first-team all-Ivy accolades, before posting a ninth-place finish at NCAAs. She was also an academic all-Ivy League honoree in 2012.

Diaz, meanwhile, is the Head of Crisis Response & Humanitarian Aid at Google. A Rhodes scholar, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Diaz "manages Google's philanthropic efforts in response to global crises, providing funding and volunteers to innovative nonprofits on the frontlines. He previously helped develop YouTube's policy strategy surrounding extremism, hate speech, election interference and fake news," according to Forbes.

A psychology concentrator during his time in Cambridge, Diaz focused his studies and research on the cognitive mechanism that underlie unconscious race, ethnic and gender bias, and worked with leading law enforcement authorities to use psychological research to achieve less-biased trials. A member of the Harvard Kennedy School Latino Leadership Institute, Diaz was an active participant in many programs for disadvantaged Latino communities, especially in his hometown of Union City, New Jersey. Diaz, who competed for the Crimson's club basketball squad, was also a student manager for the Harvard varsity men's basketball team.