President, University of Pennsylvania
2005: 24 :: 2000: Not on list
She’s at the helm of the city’s largest private employer, but back in ’05, we said Penn’s then new-ish president had room to improve when it came to citywide civic efforts. Since then, she’s co-chaired Nutter’s transition team, and is turning the 24-acre cement eyesore on West Philly’s Schuylkill shore into Penn Park, an impressively contemporary green space. Some complain her constant fund-raising makes Gutmann, who turns 60 this month, hard to access, but she’s implemented a no-loan/all-grant aid system for undergrads with financial need, and has raised $2.52 billion.