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.

By: Leslie Milk, Mary Yarrison

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.