Seattle Culture

Movers & Shakers

Movers & Shakers

Profiling the people who shaped Seattle

This is Seattle magazine’s Most Influential issue, showcasing those in our community who work tirelessly to make our city a better place. Back in April 1968, Seattle magazine ran a similar feature on those who “really call the shots.” “It takes money plus position and gregariousness to play ‘King of the Castle,’ a headline read….

Most Influential, Sports: Kalen Deboer

Most Influential, Sports: Kalen Deboer

University of Washington football coach

He started out small, leading Sioux Falls to three NAIA championships in his five years as head coach. He then worked his way up the NCAA food chain with stops at Southern Illinois and Western Michigan…

Photo by Scott Eklund / Redbox Pictures

She's the Boss

She’s the Boss

Nina Christofilis created her business-oriented podcast, Ladyboss, in high school

Nina Christofilis launched her Ladyboss podcast while still in high school. Ladyboss is focused on interviewing women in business about their path to success, with the goal of empowering younger women.

Photo by Katie M. Simmons

Most Influential, Arts: Shin Yu Pai

Most Influential, Arts: Shin Yu Pai

Poet, author, podcaster

Pai is an award-winning author, podcaster, and the city of Seattle’s 2023-24 Civic Poet. She has spent more than two decades in the literary field, penning 13 books…

Photo by Sung Park

Women Making History Month

Women Making History Month

Grace Yoo seeks to reshape the Washington Women’s Commission

“Ultimately, I see our agency positioning Washington to lead the way nationally on innovative, practical policy that improves the lives of everyday women,” Grace Yoo says. 

Water World Wonder

Water World Wonder

Unique artistic collaboration invites water into stunning Lake Washington home

Swivel Interiors founder Kathleen Glossa lured five innovative local artists to a newly purchased vacation property perched on the northern edge of Lake Washington.

Photo by Andrew Giammarco

Must List: Feb. 29-March 6

Must List: Feb. 29-March 6

Meaningful cinema, student showcase, and a comedic whodunit

Be inspired by senior dance students at Cornish, or join Sloane Crosley and Ben Gibbard for a discussion on loss and grief. Celebrate 50 years of SIFF with memorable films, laugh until it hurts at ‘Something’s Afoot,’ or catch 24 bands on four stages at Freakout Weekender.

Captain America, Lando Calrissian, and Emerald City Comic Con 2024

Captain America, Lando Calrissian, and Emerald City Comic Con 2024

Four-day event kicks off Feb. 29 at Seattle Convention Center

Come meet Lando Calrissian this weekend. Stop by and see Captain Marvel, or Frodo Baggins from Lord of the Rings.

Most Influential, Arts: Jose Iñiguez

Most Influential, Arts: Jose Iñiguez

Educator, musician

Jose Iñiguez discovered the art of opera through a PBS special. As a teenager, he came across a program featuring a tenor singing an aria while watching TV with his dad…

Photo by Ashley Genevieve

This Neighborhood is the ‘Friendliest’ in America

This Neighborhood is the ‘Friendliest’ in America

And it’s right here in Seattle

A few years ago, I was in Cooperstown, N.Y., because my son was playing in a weeklong baseball tournament. I asked one of the park workers which state had the friendliest people…

Most Influential, Education: Quinton Morris

Most Influential, Education: Quinton Morris

Artist, educator

I’m committed to educating and helping students transform their lives through Key to Change. My goal is to expand the program to reach more students…

Photo by Sung Park

Selling Seattle

Selling Seattle

New effort from Visit Seattle showcases the city’s stunning beauty

Visit Seattle’s new three-and-a-half-minute destination video is worth bragging about…

Most Influential, Hospitality: J. Kenji López-Alt

Most Influential, Hospitality: J. Kenji López-Alt

Chef, author

López-Alt is a two-time James Beard Award-winner, with all three of his books making it onto The New York Times bestseller list. His latest book, The Wok, currently in bookstores, won him his second James Beard Award this year.

Photo by J. Kenji López-Alt

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