Jill Crary has been quietly guiding a slow transformation at the Seattle Center, and her ongoing efforts to move the iconic attraction from slightly fusty tourist magnet into a community beacon are making people take notice. She’s turned the staid Northwest Rooms from program spaces into homes for buzzy arts organizations, such as Seattle International Film Festival, The Vera Project and next year, KEXP–FM 90.3, and steering food offerings in the Center House away from Orange Julius towards homegrown fare including Skillet. Crary also helped guide the successful effort to get the Northwest Rooms and the International Fountain Pavilion designated as City of Seattle landmarks, which was approved in August.
The Full List: Most Influential People of 2013
Their finger prints are all over Seattle. From protecting honeybees to regulating marijuana to popping and locking, these 54 men and women (and in one case, a machine) are shaping our neighborhoods, economy, attitudes and future. In the case of our person of the year—for the first time in our nine years of compiling this list, it’s a tie!—the impact is on a global scale. We may not always like the direction they are taking us in but it’s hard to deny: these folks are taking us somewhere.