For our annual survey of the rising generation of Metroplex movers and shakers, we searched far and wide and even looked to the heavens to find five under-40s who are making a difference in their communities through song, food and prayer.
Click on each story to read more about these passionate movers and shakers of North Texas.
The activist: Nora Kramer.
This California transplant is fighting for Mercy for farm animals, with passion and persuasion. One talk with Kramer could change your life. For the full story, click here.
The record producer: Jordan Critz.
There came a point in his life where it was going to be the classroom, the concert hall or the rock club. He took one look at his options and decided to spend his professional existence working with those destined for arenas, rather than Carnegie Hall. For the full story, click here.
The councilman: Scott Griggs.
If long-suffering Oak Cliff is on its way to becoming one of the coolest spots in the sprawling Dallas-Fort Worth megalopoplex -- with The New York Times last year extolling the artisanal and hand-crafted joys of strolling through its Bishop Arts District -- one of the reasons is Scott Griggs. For the full story, click here.
The Blissful Chef: Christy Morgan.
Christy Morgan, whose professional alias is "The Blissful Chef," is one of those people who feels her mission so strongly that she oozes it. Becoming vegan changed her life profoundly, and she's on fire to share what she has learned. For the full story, click here.
The priest: The Rev. Isaac Orozco.
"Weezer, or iPods for that matter, don't come up often at church, but Isaac Orozco sees both as just another way God's grace is expressed in our modern world." For the full story, click here.