Even the most Pollyanna-minded among us would concede that 2020 was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. But with the start of the new year comes an opportunity for renewal and maybe some reason for optimism. The people and organizations on this year’s Who to Watch represent that hope. They’ve got big ideas, bright futures, and plans to move forward on issues like affordable housing, public health, community development, and beer – yes, there’s beer, too. We asked them specifically what they plan to accomplish in the coming year, but also more generally why they’re feeling optimistic that the next 12 months will be better than the last.