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Reconnecting America Program Associate Bill Sadler was recently named to the 2012 Next American Vanguard Class and Reconnecting America Project Director Chris Yake made Mass Transit magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 list.

Sadler was one of 43 people selected from nearly 200 applications by Next American City for this year’s class. According to the announcement at, Next American Vanguard Class members were chosen for their bright ideas for cities, experience in the field and ambition for the future.

Yake was nominated to Mass Transit magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 List by his peers and judged on criteria that included job commitment, industry involvement and contribution, achievement in his position and innovation in his field.

Yake is the third Reconnecting America staffer to be honored by Mass Transit magazine. Last year, Reconnecting America Chief Cartographer and New Media Director Jeff Wood was named to the list, and the year before, Policy Director Sarah Kline made the Top 40 Under 40 for her work as director of policy and government relations for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.