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Washingtonians of the Year 2012

For 41 years, The Washingtonian has honored local heroes who make this a better place for all. The ten people we honor this year have found unique ways to help those battling hunger, homelessness, war injuries, troubled pasts, and uncertain futures. They make us proud to be Washingtonians.

Catherine Reynolds

Liz Crenshaw

Consumer reporting that saves lives
Molly Smith

David Rubenstein

Philanthropy that unites Washington
Fatima and Ibrahim Savage

Jamila Larson

Providing vital play for homeless kids
Tom Sherwood

Ken Strafer

An inside track on helping wounded warriors
James H. Billington

Veronica Nolan

The keys to success for inner-city kids
Hecda Cuadros

Valarie Ashley

Giving adults tools for better lives
Nancy Sanger Pallesen

Monsignor John Enzler

Pioneering programs for the forgotten
Robert Zagorski

Kathy Russell

Creating a haven for kids battling illness
Nancy Sanger Pallesen

Jason Lerner

Seeking autism remedies on the tennis court
Robert Zagorski

John Kane

Giving New purpose to Old Office furniture

Photographs by Jeff Elkins.

This article appears in the January 2013 issue of The Washingtonian.

  • Kelley Ellsworth

    I am so pleased to see Valarie Ashley, Veronica Nolan and Jamila Larson selected this year. All three are authentic, deeply dedicated women with a real vision for what is needed in our city. Nice work, Washingtonian!

  • Don Owens

    I'd love to see the wider cast of candidates they chose from. The diversity and commitment of many folks in the city is not represented in this list.

  • Joe Syron

    It is sad that you look past the great work of individuals and only see their contribution to a group's diversity. If you think that each of these people are the same, read the article again. Ms. Yarrison graciously reached out for you to nominate those of your choosing; there are certainly plenty of extraordinary people that would fit your definition of diverse. Better yet, may I suggest you become a Washingtonian worthy of nomination yourself.

  • Mary Yarrison

    A great point with which we completely agree. Unfortunately, the diversity of the nominations we receive in no way represents the diversity of this town. We would love to see a far more representative array, and we welcome nominations all year long at

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