Benefits of Staying Connected

We hope you will remain a proud member of 4‑H and take full advantage of the great offerings that are available to you as an Alumni Community member. You can find opportunities to connect with fellow 4‑H alums, share memories, maintain connections to the 4‑H community and help a new generation of 4‑H’ers learn the skills they need to lead for a lifetime. Best of all, joining the community is free.

Alumni Community features:
• Monthly alumni newsletter
• Local program updates from your current and club states
• Opportunities to share your story and inspire the next generation of true leaders
• Monthly giving program
• LinkedIn career networking
• 4‑H alumni gear
• National 4‑H Conference Center discounts

National Spokesperson

National Spokesperson

Jennifer Nettles

Jennifer Nettles is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician. She is the lead singer of Sugarland and in 2014 released her first solo album, That Girl. In 2015, Jennifer made her Broadway debut starring as Roxie Hart in Chicago. Jennifer grew up Georgia and is a proud Georgia 4‑H alum....

Alumni Stories

VP of Public Policy & Chief Sustainability Officer - DuPont

Krysta Harden

“4‑H opened up many doors for me. Through my involvement in various 4‑H competitions and camps, I was exposed to new experiences – and many life lessons that I have carried with me. I have seen the positive impact 4‑H has on our youth and I truly believe that the organization is developing the next generation of young leaders.”

President and CEO, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Texas 4‑H

Javier Palomarez

“4‑H instilled very important values that helped me throughout my life and career. At the end of the day, in the work world, it’s all about demonstrating leadership, savviness, and an unrelenting pursuit of your goals. Those are the things that 4‑H instilled in me, and what helped me get to where I am now.”

President National PTA, Georgia 4‑H

Otha Thornton

“When you’re in 4‑H, you’re exposed to so many different things and exposed to different people. That, for me, was very important. I also think about the four H’s: Managing and thinking (Head); Relating and caring for people (Heart); Giving and working (Hands); Living a healthy lifestyle (Health). Those values help. They really make a difference.”

Ph. D. Candidate

Ariel Rivers

“Many people think of me as an incredibly enthusiastic individual, constantly looking for ways to help others and make a difference. This comes from the early lessons we learned showing animals and at camp, as everything was a collaborative effort in a happy and supportive environment . . . 4‑H was such a safe environment where we could learn and grow and become the best version of ourselves.”

Peace Corps, Jamaica 4‑H Volunteer, Kentucky 4‑H

Elizabeth Riley

“My 4‑H activities and animal science knowledge led me to receive my BS and MS in Animal Science. The people I’ve met and friendships forged . . . enriched my life and made me a better person. I carry with me all the lessons I learned through 4‑H . . . as I continue my Peace Corps service in Jamaica. I don’t know what my next step in life will be, but you can bet 4‑H will be a part of it.”

VP Advertising - Facebook, California 4‑H

Andrew Bosworth

Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth is vice president of advertising at Facebook and inventor of the social networking site’s popular News Feed, the feature that broadcasts what your friends are doing on Facebook. He is an alumnus of the El Sereno 4‑H Club and a proud fan of 4‑H on Facebook.

A Harvard University graduate, Bosworth raised animals and showed them at the county fair, and took part in the National 4‑H Technology Corps. A friend in 4‑H taught him computer programming.

At Harvard, Bosworth was a teaching assistant in an artificial intelligence class, where met his future boss Mark Zuckerberg. Before joining his former student at Facebook, Bosworth worked as a developer on Microsoft Visio for almost two years. Prior to his current role, he also worked as director of engineering at Facebook overseeing engineering, product and design.

An undeniable influencer in the Facebook company culture, he created the Palo Alto-based company’s engineering boot camp, which helps new recruits get up to speed on Facebook’s computer code and culture. A photographer who takes snapshots of company events, he’s also something of an unofficial Facebook historian.

Bosworth is an advisor and angel investor in several small companies including Spindle, Sprint.ly and Balanced.

He grew up on a horse ranch and vineyard in the rolling hills of Saratoga in Santa Clara County, where his family has lived since 1891.

Chef, Author, TV Personality, New York 4‑H

Anne Burrell

A renowned chef, author and TV personality, Anne Burrell is a proud alumna of 4‑H New York. She is host of the popular Food Network series Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and co-host of Worst Cooks in America.
With her trademark spiky blonde hair and “pumped-up personality,” Burrell has worked at some of the top restaurants in New York, studied the culinary landscape and traditions of Italy, battled alongside Mario Batali as his sous chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and wrote a New York Times best-selling cookbook. She also started in her own right on Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs in fall 2011.

Growing up in upstate New York, Burrell’s passion for food and cooking began at an early age. After graduating with a degree in English from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, she pursued her interest in the restaurant business by enrolling in the Culinary Institute of America. Following graduation, Burrell spent a year in Italy attending the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners and worked at a premier Tuscan restaurant. During this time, she grew to appreciate and understand the philosophy of Italian cuisine and culture, and hone her lasting culinary point of view.

Burrell loves to cook up engaging culinary lessons for America’s kids to help them understand the science behind her mouth-watering recipes. She participated in the White House “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout, along with White House pastry chef Bill Yosses and other special guests, to help kids and their parents see that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are key ingredients for culinary success. As part of Food Network’s partnership with Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds program, Chef Burrell also stars in a PSA to promote the fun of math and science.

4‑H Council Board of Trustees, New York 4‑H

Lazarus Lynch

I am a native New Yorker from the borough of Queens. I was introduced to 4‑H in my freshman year at Food and Finance High School in New York City. I participated in many aspects of the program in high school from urban gardening and nutrition education programs to public speaking competitions, attending county fairs, and community service. By participating in these programs, I developed a passion for service-learning. The characteristic that changed in my life because of 4‑H was the ability to think global and act local. 4‑H empowered me to believe in myself and in the great potential power of united young people.

4‑H has led me to many unique and amazing opportunities, such as the World Food Prize conference in Des Moines, Iowa, where I learned about issues related to hunger and food insecurity in the world. Because of 4‑H’s empowerment and the World Food Prize, I was selected to be a Borlaug-Ruan international intern at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, China, for three months researching with master’s students. 4‑H has taught me what it means to be not only a citizen of my community but also of the world. In my senior year of high school, I led A Hunger Symposium that collaborated inner city students with community leaders to think about hunger in the world around them. For the first time, students were thinking about issues that affected 870 million people in and outside of the USA. On the last day of the symposium, we hosted a food drive and packaged over 10,000 meals for NYC food banks to distribute to all five boroughs.

Motivational Speaker, Missouri 4‑H

Shannon Oleen

In the 4th grade I came home from my city public school asking if I could join a local organization with some of my friends. My parents, who both grew up in small rural communities, said if I was going to be involved in anything, it was going to be 4‑H. My mom researched to see if she could find a local club and sure enough, there was one in my county. At first, I didn’t know what to think. None of my close friends or classmates were in 4‑H, but it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with new friends and the abundance of opportunities I was being given. It was in 4‑H that I was able to give my first speech at the county fair at the age of eight. It was in 4‑H that I got to take my first trip out of the Midwest – and spent two weeks in our nation’s capital and at the National 4‑H Youth Conference Center. That trip even allowed me to see New York City! It was in 4‑H that I became passionate about our country and learning more about giving back. I was fortunate enough to be elected to Missouri State 4‑H Council and have the opportunity to meet even more 4‑H’ers around my state. I became passionate about bringing 4‑H opportunities to even more inner city youth, and through all the work that I was doing, my college awarded me a grant for all of the hard work I put in. Today, I still give back to 4‑H and recognize the opportunities it provides young people, no matter where you are from.