Changemakers

Have a drink with The Pastry Project

Emily and Heather met while working at Molly Moon’s and now they run The Pastry Project, which offers folks who face barriers in the industry free training.

/ March 26, 2021


Our Tomorrow: A new kind of Mister Rogers in our own backyard

Val Thomas-Matson plays Aunty Lena whose friend possum helps explore weekly topics and themes. (📸: Courtesy of Look, Listen and Learn) Sponsored by Civic Commons. Civic Commons did not provide editorial input. Let’s take action together   Civic Commons is building belonging in our community and inspiring Seattleites to take action on our region’s biggest […]

/ July 29, 2020


Q&A: Can card games can help us understand each other better?

Potlatch the game in action (📸: Jonathan Tomhave) Visit one of our city’s many gaming lounges — like Cafe Mox in Ballard or Raygun in Capitol Hill — and it’s obvious: Card games are hugely popular in Seattle. Playing can offer more than just a chance to unwind and relax. For people like Seattleite Jonathan […]

/ July 31, 2019


Bothell’s queen and king of fresh produce

Karin Poage humbly submits that a freshly baked russet potato is “sublime.” She would know. Karin — and her husband Stuart — own and operate the Yakima Fruit Market and Nursery, which has stocked fresh produce and grocery items from across the region for over 80 years. In fact, it just might be the oldest continuously operating business […]

/ April 29, 2019


In Puget Sound, studying poop to save the orca whales

TODAY’S SEATTLE CATALYST: Sam Wasser is the director for the University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology. WHAT HE’S DOING: Sam’s work has taken him around the globe. He’s battled ivory trafficking in Africa, studied wolves in Eastern Washington, and kept an eye on our own southern resident killer whales. His primary research tool: studying animal […]

/ March 26, 2019


Changemakers: Meet the Designers and Architects Who Are Shaping Seattle’s Skyline

Right now, the only constant in Seattle is change. As our city rises and evolves, it’s the architects and designers who will determine what the Emerald City looks like for generations to come. For our latest Changemakers series, we talked with three folks who are on the front lines of Seattle’s changing cityscape: Rico Quirindongo, who […]

/ March 21, 2019


One fix to Seattle’s housing crisis: Modular housing

MEET THESE CHANGEMAKERS: Aaron Holm and Nelson Del Rio are co-CEOs of Blokable, Inc. WHAT THEY’RE DOING: It’s no secret that housing in Seattle (and across the U.S.) is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many.  And there have been more than a few possible solutions proposed locally – backyard cottages! Big affordable housing investments! Upzoning! This week’s […]

/ March 21, 2019


Seattle’s newest arena isn’t just for sports fans

MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: Rico Quirindongo, architect at DLR Group WHAT HE’S DOING: Seattle native Rico Quirindongo believes that good design begins with listening to a community. Architecture, as he sees it, is a way to connect and empower the city he calls home. He likes to say he doesn’t care about buildings, just people. But it’s […]

/ March 13, 2019


Karen Braitmayer is designing a more inclusive  Seattle

MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: Karen Braitmayer, architect and principal of Studio Pacifica WHAT SHE’S DOING: You may not know it, but Karen Braitmayer’s architectural consulting studio  has left its marks around town. You’ve probably encountered some of her work if you’ve ever been to the Space Needle renovation, the Central Library and the Pike Place MarketFront.  Braitmayer […]

/ March 6, 2019


Seattle’s Angela Stowell creates solutions to poverty with FareStart

Late last year, Angela Stowell left her post on top of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, one of Seattle’s most successful restaurant groups, to become CEO of another one. Her destination was FareStart, a nonprofit restaurant group that’s been helping disadvantaged Seattleites for 25 years by providing solutions to poverty. “I really wanted to find a way […]

/ March 5, 2019