In a moment of intense regional change, we thought it would be fun to ponder tomorrow from various angles. So for our April 2015 issue, we looked at the immediate future of Cincinnati.
They’re not the usual suspects—and that’s the point. Scroll down to find out who they are and why we think they’ll have a hand in the city’s future.
1. Yvette Simpson, Cincinnati City Councilmember: Human trafficking’s adversary-in-office 2. Roula Allouch, National Board Chair, Council on American-Islamic Relations: Kentucky-born civil libertarian force 3. Heather Britt, Choreographer, Cincinnati Ballet; Founder and Operator, Heather Britt Dance Collective and DANCEFIX: Bringing dance to the masses 4. Mayhem (a.k.a. Sydney Keiser), Fashion By Mayhem: Designing dresses with paper—and with J. Crew 5. Leah Stewart, Novelist; Area Director of Creative Writing and Associate Professor, UC: Shining a light on local creative writing
6. Sarah Weiss, Executive Director, The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education: Educator, Jewish community powerhouse 7. Corinn Taylor, Fetal Infant Mortality Review & Adult/Maternal Child Home Health Programs Director, Cincinnati Health Department: Giving babies a fighting chance 8. Alicia Townsend, Vice President and Community Affairs Manager, U.S. Bank: Lending neighborhoods some help 9, 10, & 11. Allen Woods, founder, The Allen Imagery Design Group, Derrick Braziel, Project Manager, StriveTogether, and William Thomas, Project Manager, StriveTogether, collective founders of MORTAR: Launching low-income urban entrepreneurs’ businesses 12. Damon Lynch III, Senior Pastor, New Prospect Baptist Church: Leading OTR in spirit 13. Haley Titus-Mitchell, Neuroscience Researcher, UC College of Medicine and Northwestern University: Foot soldier in the fight to find new multiple sclerosis therapies 14. Regina Lynch, Member, First Ladies Health Initiative of Cincinnati: Keeping us and our children healthy
15. Sean Herron, Founder, SelfDiploma: Indie hip-hop mogul 16. Elliot Ruther, Chief of Development, Cincinnati State: Future king of a King Records museum 17 & 18. Ron Novak and Rob Busch, Cofounders, Drawing Dept: Building out our restaurant scene 19. Sam Dunlap, Director of Operations, Waterfields: Tackling poverty with microgreens 20, 21, & 22. John Lanni, Alex Blust, and Joe Lanni, Co-owners, Thunderdome Restaurant Group: Opening a hit restaurant near you 23. Karla Boldery, District Director and Business Advisor, Greater Cincinnati Urban League; Communications Director, LULAC Cincinnati: Bilingually guiding small biz 24 & 25. Derrek Burbridge, Dancer and Resident Choreographer, and Abdullah Powell, Creative Director, Elementz Urban Arts Youth Center: Bringing youth and street art to the main stage
26. Stuart Aitken, CEO, dunnhumbyUSA: Giving Kroger an edge 27. Kevin Wright, Executive Director, Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation: Neighborhood development done better 28. Nern Ostendorf, Route Coordinator, Cincinnati Public Schools’ Safe Routes to School Walking School Bus Program: Putting bike wheels and young feet on the street 29. Colin Groth, Director of Innovation, StriveTogether; President, Charter Committee of Greater Cincinnati: Levelheaded civic actor 30. Bradley Cooper, Architect, 2015 Haile Fellow: Restoring urban housing one small space at a time 31. Scott Beuerlein, Chairman, Taking Root; Horticulturalist, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: Keeping Cincinnati green 32. Ryan Cayabyab, Senior Designer, Topic Design; Copresident, AIGA Cincinnati: Design savant 33. P.G. Sittenfeld, Cincinnati City Councilmember: Mr. Sittenfeld wants to go to Washington