National 4‑H Council launched this initiative in 2017 to spotlight some of the most accomplished and influential 4‑H alumni across the nation. The distinguished alumni in this group help raise awareness and generate support for 4‑H so we can bring the life-changing 4‑H programs and opportunities to more kids in need.

4‑H Luminaries help fuel the growth of 4‑H by committing to:

  • Invest: Make or facilitate an annual donation to help grow the mission of 4‑H.
  • Connect: Open doors to their network for marketing, media and fundraising opportunities for 4‑H.
  • Advocate: Serve as 4‑H spokespeople in the media, at events and online.
  • Engage: Offer their expertise and access to experiences for 4‑H youth, alumni and professionals.

4‑H Luminaries Benefits

4‑H Luminaries receive the following benefits:

  • Be recognized as part of 4‑H’s most prominent alumni group.
  • Experience the 4‑H mission through local 4‑H programs, national 4‑H events and initiatives.
  • Receive regular communication from 4‑H on personalized engagement opportunities, the work of fellow Luminaries and 4‑H news and events.
  • Network with other influential 4‑H alumni and supporters through invitations to exclusive events.
  • Be given a personal point-of-contact within 4‑H to support your involvement.

Honorary Host Committee

Vice President of Engineering, Ads and Pages at Facebook

Andrew "Boz" Bosworth

President of West Virginia University

Dr. Gordon Gee

Grammy Award-winning Country Superstar and 4‑H National Spokesperson

Jennifer Nettles

Panelist on FOX TV's pilot social media talk show "So-Me," and New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author

Nancy Redd

2018 Class of 4‑H Luminaries

The 2018 class of 4‑H Luminaries are officially inducted at the National 4‑H Council Annual Legacy Awards on March 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

From left to right: Curtis Ullerich (Software Engineer, Google), Maggie Sans (SVP and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Wal-Mart in China), Dr. Julier Bell (President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore), Ethel Branch (Attorney General of the Navajo Nation), Jill Soltau (CEO JOANN Stores), Jeffrey Zeleny (Senior White House Correspondent, CNN)