There are a lot of talented, dedicated people working to make the Greater Rochester Region a better place to work, live, and play. But many times, the same names appear in the headlines, while other, equally deserving people go unnoticed. The Rochester 10 — an annual feature by CITY Newspaper — turns the spotlight on some of the area's hard-working background players.

Every person on the following pages stands out as someone who contributes to their field (and to Rochester) in interesting, varied ways. We believe you should know about them. From arts and spirituality to tech, urban planning, and work with refugees, the 10 people featured here are working to improve our community. And it's often difficult to pin them down to one area of interest; you'll find that many passions intersect.

Is there someone you know who deserves to be profiled? Leave a comment for future consideration below this article.