40 Under Forty: Che Anderson, 29


Project manager

City of Worcester

Lives: Worcester

Birthplace: New York, N.Y.

College: College of the Holy Cross

From behind his rather innocuous job title, Anderson has thoroughly transformed the life and meaning behind the Worcester culture and entertainment scene. He is perhaps most well-known for cofounding POW! WOW! Worcester, which for the last three years has brought in graffiti artists to decorate public spaces throughout the city. Beyond this high-profile role, Anderson every day cultivates the growing cultural undercurrent of the city. He played a lead role in the #Worcester100 campaign to bring 100 events to Worcester Common in 2017 (it ended up being 110), including the Food Truck Festival of America drawing more than 5,000 people to downtown. He coordinated the introduction of the WWII Citizens of Color Honor Roll in Lincoln Square and the refurbishing of the Civil War memorial and World War II memorial on the Worcester Common. He serves on boards for the Worcester Art Museum Corporators, the Worcester Historical Museum and Mechanics Hall. He is a member of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Minority Professionals Roundtable, the Salisbury Cultural District, the Worcester Public Art Working Group, and the Holy Cross Club of Greater Worcester. In 2016, Anderson received a key to the city.

From 40 Under Forty judge Kate Sharry: “Don't take your eyes off what Che is doing, because everything he touches in this city turns to gold.”

Were you a straight-A student? Through high school, yes; then I went to Holy Cross.

What four people would you take on a road trip? Lauryn Hill, Jimi Hendrix, Tito Puente and John Lennon; it would be the best car concert of all time. 
Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty 
Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance
Che Anderson - City of Worcester
Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.
Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.
Sam Bitar - Webster Five
Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP
Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives
Derek Canton - paerpay
Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.
Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics
Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching
Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm
Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.
Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning
Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College
Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering
David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care
Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank
Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill
Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority
Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp
Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions
Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank
Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.
Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective
Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester
Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency
Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities
Jessica Morris - MCPHS University
Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)
Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.
Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System
Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.