AAF’s Most Promising Multicultural Students Named for 2022

Advertising industry leaders and game-changers select 50 of the nation’s highest achieving diverse seniors to participate in one of the industry’s premier DE&I programs. 

WASHINGTON, DC, NOVEMBER 10, 2021—The American Advertising Federation (AAF) hosted leading industry professionals to select the 2022 class of Most Promising Multicultural Students. This year’s judging panel included representatives from Amazon, The Coca-Cola Company, Designsensory, EY, Meta, Omnicom Media Group, SiriusXM,, TikTok, UM Worldwide, and Xandr, four of whom are Most Promising alumni.

“I am consistently proud of the level of talent being inducted into the Most Promising program year after year,” said Ayanna Jackson, EVP, Mosaic Center & Education Services.”  Most importantly, these inductees are showing up authentically, ready to bring a myriad of diverse talents to the industry.”

Approaching its 25th year, the Most Promising Multicultural Student program is part of the AAF Mosaic Center’s initiative to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the industry. Students participate in a four-day industry immersion program that includes professional development and personal branding workshops, the Building Bridges for Our Future awards ceremony and Recruiter’s Expo. Most Promising gives advertising, media, communications, and technology companies the opportunity to tap into the high-achieving talent of 50 college students from across the country.

Leading agencies and companies, including 72andSunny, Dentsu, Meta, FCB, IPG, McCann, Omnicom Group, UM Worldwide, The Trade Group, Wieden+Kennedy and more consider Most Promising to be an incredibly valuable resource in recruiting entry-level talent.

Each year, diverse students from the AAF’s 140+ college chapters apply to the program. This year’s applicant pool exceeded the number of submissions over previous years and included students from the AAF’s newly established college chapter initiative—HBCUs for Advertising.

“The AAF is very proud to introduce our Most Promising Multicultural Students Class of 2022! This amazing group of students has met all of the criteria and vetting processes by an outstanding experienced and respected Judging panel” said Steve Pacheco, CEO of the AAF. “And now more than ever, the need to connect promising young talent to the Advertising industry, is a top priority for everyone. The fact that the AAF can consistently develop such a diverse group representing all of America, is consistent with our mission to develop the Next Generation of Advertising leaders.”
This year’s incredible class has an average GPA of 3.7 and represents 32 schools and 19 states across the country, including California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, Oregon, New York, and Texas.

2022 Most Promising Multicultural Students Class  

Princess Monique Aguilar
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Haley Anderson
Ithaca College

Julia Batista
Ithaca College

Monique Carchi
City College of New York

Sarah Chung
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Alise Crittendon
University of Georgia

Joneè Davis
Howard University

Nicole Figueroa-Sierra
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Julie Fiore
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mariangelica Garcia
University of South Florida

Brittney George
Florida A&M University

Justyne Anne Go
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Madison Hill
Brigham Young University

Anastazija Hristova
DePaul University

Kaitlin Jean-Noel
Pennsylvania State University

Khyal Kapoor
Syracuse University

Lynn Le
University of Florida

Genesis Lopez
Texas State University

Gina Marchini
University of Florida

Rafael Perez Marquez
University of Texas at Austin

Joshua Marruffo
Modern College of Design

Janece Martial
Florida A&M University

Janessa Miranda
San Jose State University

Mikaela Mosley
Howard University

Diana Muñoz
University of Nebraska–Omaha

Renata Nava
University of Texas at Austin

Hoai Nguyen
Washington State University

Sally Nguyen
University of Oregon

Kathryn Nie
Marist College

Paola Ojeda-Villegas
University of Florida

Luku Ojerinde
Indiana University Bloomington

Neha Patnaik
Ithaca College

Julia Pham
University of Oregon

Chloe Quenga
Texas A&M University

Giselle Reyes
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Helina Reyes
Olivet Nazarene University

Andrew Rhee
Brigham Young University

Ethan Rios
Southern Methodist University

Hannah Samonte
Arizona State University

Alyssia Scott
University of South Carolina

Sora Seals
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thida Sok
Southern Methodist University

Ian Craig Solano
University of Southern California

Mireya Martinez Soto
Texas State University

Lara Spurgeon
University of Oregon

Simon Talluri
University of South Carolina

Kamryn Thomas
University of Texas at Austin

Nadia Tsegga
Florida A&M University

Michael Williams
University of Oklahoma

Camille Wright
University of Kentucky

Yayoua Yang
University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

Tavia Zepeda
University of Texas at Austin