Scott Woodward didn’t hire on at the University of Washington to run with the jocks. He was recruited in 2004 by then-president Mark Emmert to handle the UW’s external relations. He was a lobbyist and a PR man. But when the director of athletics position became open in January 2008, Woodward took the job on an interim basis, and then accepted the appointment formally when Emmert decided after an eight-month nationwide search that no one could do a better job. As a fitting celebration of five years on the job, Woodward this year opened the new and improved Husky Stadium to enthusiastic reviews. Not only did he preserve the best of what is arguably the most visible emblem of UW athletics, he also modernized the elements that matter most to patrons and did so within a $250 million budget that required no public tax dollars.
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.