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Courage Awards

The risk taker who fights for affordable housing

A month after Hurricane Katrina, Doris Koo and Enterprise Community Partners were on the ground in New Orleans, trying to secure funding to build affordable…

Beloved Seattle dancemaker brings her art to prison

In the long and decorated arc of her career, Seattle-based choreographer Pat Graney has danced through a labyrinth of forms, styles, language, literature and music.…

The leader connecting communities through tech

David Harris is a dot connector. In 2009, Harris was feeling unfulfilled with his job at Microsoft so he left to become STEM Integration Program…

Trump’s foil: a Washingtonian who loves chess

Last winter, when President Donald Trump issued an executive order attempting to prevent travel to the United States from seven majority-Muslim nations, Washington state Attorney…

Bill Ruckelshaus: Integrity in the toughest circumstances

The newspapers called it the Saturday Night Massacre. It was 1973, and President Richard Nixon was consumed by scandal. Former White House aide Alexander Butterfield…

Meet the winners of the 2017 Crosscut Courage Awards

They have spoken truth to power, brought the arts and economic opportunity to communities that have been sorely lacking, fought to build housing for people…

How Martha Choe forged one of Washington’s most influential careers

Following a dinner with policymakers and alumni in Tacoma on November 4, 1987, the president of Western Washington University, G. Robert Ross, boarded a small…

The little NPR station that could

Ariel Van Cleave was somewhere in Montana, driving from Ohio toward her new job with the Seattle-based public radio station KPLU, when her cellphone rang. It was KPLU…

Local CEO and immigrant wants to make citizenship easier

Richard Romero began his career in banking at just 17 years old. Back then he went by his birth name, ‘Ricardo,’ but on his first…

Colleen Echohawk tackles the traumas of life on the streets

A couple years ago, Colleen Echohawk was settling into her new job as executive director of the Chief Seattle Club, an organization with a long…

Puget Sound’s most courageous leaders of 2016

A veteran public servant who has spent decades in government and philanthropy. A banker who has worked to give immigrants a foot in the door…

How diversity can create progress, not friction

Qasim Rashid knows what it means when the media fails you. “Millions of Americans got their first introduction to Islam when two planes crashed into buildings,”…

Going against the grain: The 2016 Courage Awards finalists

What do an organic cranberry farmer, a police reform advocate, and a thousands-strong organization that fought to save a community radio station all have in…

60 reasons to be optimistic about the Northwest’s future

Measuring and comparing courage is a difficult task. We’re reminded of this each time you — our readers — send us nominations for the Crosscut Courage…

Visionary WSU leader Elson S. Floyd, remembered

Elson Floyd will receive special posthumous recognition at Crosscut’s 2015 Courage Awards ceremony on October 29 at Benaroya Hall. A limited number of tickets to…

Smartypants Guide to Courage Awards 2015

Two of our winners created websites to better the community, while another spends her days looking out for some of Seattle’s most vulnerable and troubled…

Marcus Green is giving South Seattle a voice

Marcus Green is the recipient of Crosscut’s 2015 Courage Award for Culture. This year’s winners will be honored at the annual Courage Awards Breakfast on…

How Joni Earl saved light rail

Joni Earl may have been looking for a challenge when she left a big job in Snohomish County government to join Sound Transit in 2000.…

Taylor Hoang created a megaphone for ethnic business owners

Taylor Hoang is the recipient of Crosscut’s 2015 Courage Award for business. This year’s winners will be honored at the annual Courage Awards Breakfast on…

Meet the 2015 Crosscut Courage Award winners

For some of us, going to work is a fairly mundane affair. But for the winners of Crosscut’s 2015 Courage Awards, it’s a mission and—although…

Announcing the nominees for Crosscut’s 3rd Annual Courage Awards

The nominations are in! Last month, we asked you to tell us about the people in your community who are bravely standing up for what’s…

Nominations open for Crosscut’s 3rd Annual Courage Awards

A billionaire who speaks about the dangers of increased income inequality, and becomes a force in funding progressive, issue-based campaigns. Neighborhood organizers, who put themselves out there to…