Andy Shallal. The Iraq-born restaurateur has a hit with his Busboys and Poets cafe and bookstore in DC’s U Street neighborhood. He added a second branch in Shirlington this summer and is planning others in DC and Hyattsville.
Victor MacFarlane. The head of a big San Francisco real-estate investment firm bought DC United, then announced a joint venture with JBG to redevelop nearly 100 properties in the area.
Kimberly Moore. The former George Mason intellectual-property professor was recently appointed to the US Court of Appeals—at 39, the third-youngest ever to sit on the federal judiciary.
John Deasy. He’s been on the job for only a year as schools chief in Prince George’s County, but his early initiatives have won praise.
Jim Dinegar. The new head of the Washington Board of Trade has pledged to make the alliance more of a player on local issues.
Ellen Weiss. In April, the 25-year veteran of NPR moved into the top news-management job at the powerhouse network, where she runs a staff of 400 and more than 50 hours of programs each week.
Ernie Jarvis. Son of Southeastern University president Charlene Drew Jarvis, he’s a rising star in commercial real estate.
Maureen Mahoney. The next Supreme Court nominee? An acclaimed appellate lawyer, she’s on the short list if a Republican takes the White House.
Thomas Matzzie. A guru on Internet strategy in politics and Washington director of MoveOn.org.
Matthew Quinn. Heads the seven-year-old Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which is making a difference with college scholarships for outstanding low-income students.