The Daily Muse released Oct. 30 a list of 50 Fearless Minds Changing the World, showcasing three government officials.
Among a 15-year-old who won the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair grand prize is Alec Ross, who served as senior adviser for innovation under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Ross helped devise solutions for health care, poverty and human rights during his tenure at the State Department. He created ways for technology to be used as a diplomatic tool. In addition, Ross started an email and text system to warn people in Congo of nearby rebel attacks and is responsible for a video that went viral of President Barack Obama speaking to Iranians.
Coming in at 44 is former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. The daughter of immigrant parents, Solis worked her way to the top by pushing for union and workers’ rights. She also served a term as a U.S. representative. She currently is involved in local politics in California.
Finally, Washington, D.C., Chief of Police Cathy Lanier makes the list for her work in increasing police social media use. Since starting in 2007, Lanier has used tools such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to fight crime. Tips from community members have increased almost 600 percent, and $2.4 million in rewards have been given out for the arrest violent criminals, according to the D.C. government.