Emerging Leaders 2020

‘Voice of Everett’ receives Herald’s top Emerging Leader award

Julio Cortes, 34, brings ‘passion and fearlessness to uplift our community.’

 

She teaches the traditional language of Coast Salish tribes

Natosha Gobin is spreading her passion for Lushootseed to tribal and non-tribal students.

 

A ‘mother interested in helping kids’ hopes to end stereotypes

Edmonds activist and consultant Courtney Wooten advocates for children throughout Snohomish County.

 

She’s listening to and learning from diverse communities

Christine Stansfield is helping a south Everett neighborhood take charge of its library.

His hobby is making Mountlake Terrace a better place

When Dustin DeKoekkoek’s second daughter was born with Down Syndrome, it opened his eyes to empathy.

In Everett, he’s found a home base for countywide involvement

Julio Cortes made a difference at Cocoon House and now works to promote the city and the region.

He’s always among the first to step up and volunteer

When Clothes For Kids needed a new heating system, Craig Olson donated one and had it installed.

‘I want to live and raise a family where everyone has a home’

Alexander Lark once built nest boxes for ducks. Now he raises money for Housing Hope and its families.

She’s making sure young people don’t feel lost or left out

Through her tireless efforts, Nicole Amor connects people with needed programs and services.

She knows the transformative power of education

Ambar Martinez also knows first hand the challenge of acclimation for people of diverse backgrounds.

He fights for parents who are in need of a second chance

Everett attorney Neil Weiss watches for situations that are “a perfect moment for an intervention.”

He helps veterans achieve their educational and career goals

Chester Curtis helped raise money to open a center that serves veterans and their families.

He wants to ‘leave my community better than I found it’

WSU Everett spokesman Randy Bolerjack has a message for all students: Help your community thrive.

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