Think of it as our homegrown MacArthur Genius Grant, minus the $500,000 prize:  the Daily Record just released its annual list of VIPs (very important professionals) age forty and under, and it features a who’s-who of inspirational figures you may recognize from around town.

The list, awarded annually, honors the kinds of people who make you feel like you’re probably not doing enough with your life — community activists, standout lawyers, political movers and shakers, academic superstars, cultural figures, and the like. They’re picked by the Daily Record’s editorial board, “based on their professional accomplishments, a commitment to inspiring change in their community, and their tremendous accomplishments achieved before or by age 40.” 

A few of this year’s honorees:

  • Joe Edwardsen owns popular Station North pizza spot Joe Squared and is involved with the plans to revitalize and develop the surrounding area.
  • Lionel Foster Jr. writes the Where I Come From column in the Baltimore City Paper
  • Keshia Pollack works to create safe and healthy work environments through her research at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health