Most Influential 2018

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Seattle’s Most Influential People of the Year 2018

We're raising a glass to those working to make this a better place— our 2018 Most Influential People of the Year

This article appears in print in the November 2018 issue, as part of the Most Influential People of the Year feature. Click here to subscribe. There are plenty of reasons to bemoan the past 12 months: More and more people sleeping on sidewalks and in homeless camps. Ever-worsening traffic. Sky-high housing prices. A never-ending string of #MeToo revelations. Ongoing gun…

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Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: Ones to Watch

Meet Seattle's rising stars

Front row, left to right: Boting Zhang, Yenvy Pham and Priya Frank. Back row, left to right: Marilyn Strickland, Khoa Pham, Quynh Pham, Angela Garbes, Kirsten Harris-Talley and Sara Porkalob

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Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson

Under his leadership, Starbucks has partnered with Mary’s Place, a shelter for homeless women, children and families, in the No Child Sleeps Outside campaign

He did the right thing: Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, photographed at Starbucks HQ

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Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: Women Entrepreneurs and Mentors

Amy Nelson, Megan McNally, Cynthia Tee and Leslie Feinzaig are making moves and taking fellow women along for the ride

From Left: Amy Nelson, Megan McNally, Cynthia Tee, Leslie Feinzaig

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Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: Gun Control Activists

Today’s teen organizers are tomorrow’s voters—and candidates

Emilia Allard (left) and Rhiannon Rasaretnam, March for Our Lives organizers, in front of Ballard High School

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Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: The Next Generation

Nathan Vass, Monserrat Padilla, Jerrell Davis and Gordon Padelford are young leaders in their divergent arenas

From left: Nathan Vass, Monserrat Padilla, Jerrell Davis and Gordon Padelford

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Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: Forterra Founder, Gene Duvernoy

This year, Forterra announced a partnership with the nonprofit Africatown to redevelop a key block in the quickly gentrifying Central District

Gene Duvernoy, with the Wild Sky Wilderness’ Gunn Peak in the background

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Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: The YIMBYs

The politically diverse movement has an active Seattle presence that is focused on saying yes to new density in urban neighborhoods

This article appears in print in the November 2018 issue, as part of the Most Influential People of the Year feature. Click here to subscribe. YIMBY—the acronym stands for “yes in my backyard”—started as a national rebuke to so-called NIMBYs (“not in my backyard”), residents who oppose development in their neighborhoods. Today, the politically diverse movement has an active Seattle…

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Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: Seattle Silence Breakers

Denise Krownbell and Gina Petry, leaders of Seattle Silence Breakers, are pushing our city to tackle sexual harassment, assault and gender-based discrimination

Silent no more: Denise Krownbell (left) and Gina Petry photographed in front of Seattle City Hall

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Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: Chef Edouardo Jordan

After a year involving countless national accolades and a three-star review in 'The New York Times,' chef Edouardo Jordan may be the most buzzed-about chef in the country

Edouardo Jordan photographed at Salare, one of his restaurants

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Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: The Journalists

'Seattle Times' columnist Gene Balk and 'Crosscut' staff are keeping Seattle in the know on trends, politics and more

The growing Crosscut staff including (seated in front, left to right) senior editor Joe Copeland, city reporter David Kroman, executive editor Greg Hanscom, managing editor Florangela Davila and digital editor Cambria Roth

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Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: Diversity Leaders

Steven Matly, Ijeoma Oluo and Robin DiAngelo are our city's leading thinkers on the subject of race

From left, Steven Matly, Ijeoma Oluo and Robin DiAngelo

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Deep Focus

Tom Skerritt remains more committed than ever to the creative economy in the Northwest

Tom Skerritt is one of Seattle’s 25 most influential people reshaping our region. #mostinfluential   Fans were understandably disappointed to learn that Tom Skerritt wasn’t asked to reprise his role as Commander Mike “Viper” Metcalf in “Top Gun 2.” “You can’t beat Tom Skerritt with a gun,” wrote one fan on Twitter. Skerritt has said that…

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The Pursuit of Nobility: Interview with Lenny Wilkens

One of Seattle’s greatest sports icons eyes return of NBA

On a recent edition of three-time Emmy-award winning sports TV talk show “Pardon The Interruption,” cohost Michael Wilbon heaped lavish praise on NBA legend and Seattle icon Lenny Wilkens in celebration of his 85th birthday.  Wilbon noted that he’s a “basketball Hall of Famer three times over” [as a player, coach and assistant coach of…