After going over a list of about 5,000 nominations, Esquire magazine has come up with a list of the Men and Women Under 40 Who Are Changing America. This is to be part of each December issue of the magazine. The 16 Washingtonians who have made the prestigious list of 272 from across the nation (210 men and 62 women) and who will be introduced at a press conference next week at the National Press Club are:

Elliott Abrams, assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs; Patrick Caddell, public opinion analyst; U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova; James Fallows, editor, The Atlantic; senator-elect Albert Gore Jr. of Tennessee; Robert O. Muller, Vietnam veteran activist; Mary E. Redington, deputy to the special assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs; Rep. Olympia Snowe of Maine; Budget director David Stockman; Richard Trumka, president, United Mine Workers; James Webb, assistant secretary of defense; Billie Pirner Garde, consumer activist; John Walsh, special adviser to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; Washington Post sportswriter Thomas Boswell; Richard E. Cavanaugh, management consultant; and Peter Sellars, director, American National Theater Company, Kennedy Center.

The list for Virginia is Richmond architect John G. Lewis Jr., film director David Lynch and actress Sissy Spacek, both of Charlottesville. For Maryland, only Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. made the list.