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Most Influential: Partners on the Cascadia Center

Most Influential: Partners on the Cascadia Center

Partners Miller Hull Partnership, Point 32, Schuchart, and The Bullitt Foundation collaborate to dev

The adage “If you build it, they will come” is in full experimental application at the corner of 15th Avenue and E Madison Street on Capitol Hill, where the city’s largest Living Building project is beginning to show signs of life. A collaboration among the Miller Hull Partnership (architect), Point32 (developer), Schuchart (general contractor) and…

Most Influential: Consultant Mike Donlin

Program consultant for Seattle Public Schools' prevention-intervention services, Mike Donlin spearhe

The Pew Research Center reports that 30 percent of U.S. teens say they have been affected by hurtful text messages, Facebook posts and the like. Mike Donlin wants to cut that number to zero. A program consultant for Seattle Public Schools’ prevention-intervention services, Donlin spearheaded creation of a new cyberbullying curriculum this year for Seattle…

Person of the Year: The Police Officer

We are not accustomed to seeing police officers as victims

We are not accustomed to seeing police officers as victims. Or as villains. But the past year in the Puget Sound region has focused our attention on law enforcement personnel so relentlessly, so vividly, that no year in recent memory can compare. Between October 31 and December 28, 2009, six officers—one from the Seattle Police…

Most Influential 2010: Dave Ross and Tom Douglas

Most Influential 2010: Dave Ross and Tom Douglas

Radio host Dave Ross and Restaurateur Tom Douglas show their patriotism and democracy

On April 1, Dave Ross, host of The Dave Ross Show on KIRO-FM, opened his morning broadcast with the news that One Reel, the nonprofit organization that runs the Fourth of July festivities at Lake Union, had failed to secure a corporate sponsor and was canceling the event. It was no April Fool’s joke. “It…

2009 Spotlight Award: Kristen T. Ramirez

2009 Spotlight Award: Kristen T. Ramirez

Artist Kristen T. Ramirez prioritizes place.

NAME: Kristen T. RamirezART FORM: Visual ArtsWEB SITE: kristenramirez.comNEXT UP: The grand finale of the bridge project on or near 9/12 (visit thebridgereport.blogspot.com for details). Also see Ramirez’s visual work at Capitol Hill’s Grey Gallery in October/November (greygalleryandlounge.com) “As an artist, I’m really not used to all this attention,” says Kristen T. Ramirez, climbing the…

2008 Spotlight Award Winners

2008 Spotlight Award Winners

Get this: According to a 2008 study by Americans for the Arts, Seattle has the most artist-related business per capita in the nation. The most! In the nation! We think the best way to celebrate this impressive statistic is by making the art your business-that is, by getting out there and experiencing our amazing wealth…

2008 Spotlight Award: Paul Rucker

2008 Spotlight Award: Paul Rucker

Paul Rucker pushes himself as hard as he pushes the boundaries of music.

Being an artist, says musician Paul Rucker, is like constantly being on a job interview. “If you’re an actor or a musician, you’re looking for the next gig,” he says, “but during that time you’re constantly developing, you’re constantly growing; as an artist you can always get better.” A celebrated improvisational cellist, bass player, composer…

2007 Spotlight Award: Joshua Roman

2007 Spotlight Award: Joshua Roman

Gifted Seattle Symphony principal cellist Joshua Roman thinks outside the music hall.

It’s common knowledge that Seattleites rarely bother to dress up for anything, not even the symphony. But retirees in jeans and Tevas are nothing compared to the unorthodox audience at a recent Sunday afternoon concert at Benaroya Hall. Five minutes before start time, a young woman wearing a tube top tapped furiously at her BlackBerry….

Most Influential: Broker Laura Miller

Most Influential: Broker Laura Miller

Former restaurateur Laura Miller is the go-to agent for chefs seeking something more than kitchen he

If they ever create a James Beard Award for brokering restaurant deals, Laura Miller is a shoo-in. In a town where restaurants open more frequently than Twilight sequels, even in a bad economy, Miller is the go-to agent for chefs seeking something more than kitchen help. A former restaurateur, Miller likes to work with chefs…

Most Influential: Our Selection Panel

We couldn’t have identified the region’s most influential people without the assistance of our 2010

We are grateful to:Nancy Auer, M.D., board of trustees chair, Swedish Medical Center; John Carlson, KVI-AM commentator; Bob Frause, CEO, the Frause Group; Daisley Gordon, executive chef, Campagne and Cafe Campagne; Stacy Graven, executive director, Meydenbauer Center; Linda Hartzell, artistic director, Seattle Children’s Theatre; Leslie D. Helm, editor, Seattle Business; Alvin Alexander Henry, director of…

Most Influential: Football player Jake Locker

Most Influential: Football player Jake Locker

Quarterback for the University of Washington football team

He stayed. Jake Locker could have taken the money and run unimpeded to the nearest wealth management firm. As one of the best college quarterbacks in the nation last year—on a so-so team—Locker had the talent to jump from college football to the National Football League. But he chose to honor his commitment to the…

Local Authority: Nancy Pearl

Local Authority: Nancy Pearl

Local librarian and literary critic Nancy Pearl goes global with her new book

NAME: Nancy PearlOCCUPATION: Author; National Public Radio commentatorTV PRESENCE: Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, a monthly show on the Seattle ChannelLOCAL LITERARY STRENGTHS: “You really get a palpable sense of place from Northwest writers.”ON SETTING BOOKS IN THE NORTHWEST: “You have to live through a Seattle winter to really capture the place.” Does anyone know…

The Most Influential of 2010

The Most Influential of 2010

From the arts to sports, from high tech to low profile, we single out those who had an impact on our

Publishing a list of the region’s most influential people is an exercise that obviously invites response. And we welcome it. Ultimately, we hope this list provides insight and context to what was happening all around us this year. We try to recognize people and organizations across as many disciplines as possible, thus ensuring a broad…

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