1. Richard Reyes-Gavilan
The DC Public Library’s new chief has a mandate to turn the decrepit but historic Mies van der Rohe-designed Martin Luther King Jr. library into a bustling flagship for the new-media era.
2. Megan Smith
We want to ask the Google executive named to replace Todd Park as the nation’s chief technology officer how she’ll balance privacy issues with the industry’s know-all, see-all impulses.
3. William Kennedy Smith
With his 1991 rape acquittal a distant memory (he hopes), the Kennedy scion and Foggy Bottom physician is running for an Advisory Neighborhood Commission seat in DC.
4. Esther Foer
The executive director of Sixth & I, a historic synagogue rededicated ten years ago, has created a multigenerational, multidenominational cultural hub that has revived a landmark.
5. Alan Kolick
An offensive star for Washington’s Ultimate Frisbee team, DC Current, the Arlington native was named Eastern Conference MVP on the Current’s way to the league national championship.
6. Rosalind Helderman
The Washington Post correspondent broke the story of Governor Bob McDonnell’s relationship with Jonnie Williams, always seeing the bigger issue in every sordid turn.
Disinvited: Henry Asbill
His risky “she was a witch” defense turned Bob and Maureen McDonnell’s marriage into tabloid fodder without explaining the guv’s “can I get another $20,000?” texts.
This article appears in the October 2014 issue of Washingtonian.