Most Influential 2018

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….

Virginia Smyth

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

Shannon O'Leary

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

Niki Stojnic

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

Niki Stojnic

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

Erica C. Barnett

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

Naomi Ishisaka

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

Erica C. Barnett

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….

Erica C. Barnett

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

Erica C. Barnett