"They get up every morning, and they deal with the obstacle that's in the way."
In 1999, three families and 50 friends got together to open a grocery store in Portland, Oregon, to support local sustainable agriculture. One of the leaders of the effort was Eileen Brady, and the store became New Seasons Market, a grocery company that now has 11 locations in Portland and the surrounding area, and a 12th opening soon. In addition to her work at New Seasons and as operations director at a tech firm, Brady has worked on issues like sustainable agriculture at the Portland non-profit Ecotrust and health care reform as a member of the Oregon Health Policy board. To round all that out, she's now running for mayor of Portland in an election that will take place in May.