Most Influential People

Seattle’s Most Influential People 2019: Africatown Community Land Trust President and CEO, K. Wyking Garrett

Seattle’s Most Influential People 2019: Africatown Community Land Trust President and CEO, K. Wyking Garrett

Garrett has been challenging gentrification and advocating for affordable housing and spaces for black-owned businesses

This article appears in print in the November 2019 issue, as part of the Most Influential People of the Year feature. Click here to subscribe. K. Wyking Garrett is a third-generation Central District resident who grew tired of watching his community being displaced by gentrification and decided to do something about it. As president and CEO of the Africatown Community…

Seattle’s Most Influential People 2019: Sightline Institute Founder and Executive Director, Alan Durning

Seattle’s Most Influential People 2019: Sightline Institute Founder and Executive Director, Alan Durning

Sightline Institute has produced some of the most important writings on the region’s housing shortage

This article appears in print in the November 2019 issue, as part of the Most Influential People of the Year feature. Click here to subscribe. Over the past few years, Alan Durning, the quiet, unprepossessing founder and executive director of Sightline Institute, the state’s leading climate and housing think tank, has helped frame the debate on an astounding number of…

Seattle’s Most Influential People 2019: Ones to Watch

Seattle’s Most Influential People 2019: Ones to Watch

These 13 visionaries have big things on the horizon

CEO of Grist, Brady Walkinshaw

Seattle’s Most Influential People of the Year 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. 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…

Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: Ones to Watch

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

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

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

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

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

Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: Gun Control Activists

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

Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: The Next Generation

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

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

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

Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: The YIMBYs

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…

Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: Seattle Silence Breakers

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

Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: Chef Edouardo Jordan

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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