1. MITCH SNYDER/National Attention

The leader of the Community for Creative Non-Violence risked his life with a 51-day hunger strike to persuade the Reagan administration to turn his group's decaying 800-bed shelter into a model facility for the homeless. Snyder's efforts helped to focus national attention on the plight of the homeless. The White House gave in to many of Snyder's demands two days before the general election and hours before a CBS-TV "60 Minutes" segment on Snyder was about to be broadcast. 2. CAROL SCHWARTZ/More Than Once

The feisty former D.C. school board member overcame extraordinary political odds to unseat veteran City Council member Jerry A. Moore Jr. (R-At Large). Schwartz defeated Moore in the Republican primary but then had to beat him again in the general election, after Moore mounted an unusual write-in campaign supported by much of the city's Democratic leadership. 3. OLIVER T. CARR JR./Down and Up

After years of battling local preservationists, the well-known developer finally won the right to demolish historic Rhodes Tavern at 15th and F streets NW to complete his Metropolitan Square project. Carr kicked off the long-delayed Metro Center project with the start of construction of a new Hecht's department store. He also began renovation of the Willard Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 4. ROBERT L. JOHNSON/Cable Victory

This highly confident businessman is president of District Cablevision Inc., which won the fight for the D.C. government's lucrative cable television franchise. Johnson also heads Black Entertainment Television, a cable network that produces black-oriented entertainment programming. 5. CHUCK BROWN/Top 40

Over the years, Brown and his Soul Searchers have won kudos for their unusual "D.C. Sound," but 1984 was their hottest year yet. Their song, "I Need Some Money," climbed to Billboard Magazine's top 40 chart last summer. Brown's group and two others -- Trouble Funk and Experience Unlimited -- recently signed a multiyear, multialbum recording contract with Island Records, the London-based company that has recorded reggae star Bob Marley, U-2 and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. 6. RANDALL ROBINSON/Mastermind

Robinson, executive director of TransAfrica, and D.C. Del. Walter E. Fauntroy helped mastermind the almost daily demonstrations outside the South African Embassy that may have forced President Reagan to take a tougher stand against apartheid. 7. FREDERICK DORSEY/Howling Over Veto

When Dorsey was appointed by Mayor Marion Barry to replace the hard-charging Brian Lederer as people's counsel, many thought that the former city lawyer would be a patsy for the administration. But when Barry vetoed a bill that would give Dorsey's office more financial independence in representing consumers in utility rate cases, Dorsey joined in the howls of protest. By the time the dust settled, the City Council had overridden the veto, Dorsey had the legislation he wanted and the mayor had egg on his face. 8. HERBERT MILLER/Waterfront Complex

The multimillionaire president of Western Development Corp., who frequently gets his way, won another battle with Georgetown residents this year, enabling him to go ahead with plans to build Washington Harbour, a complex of shops, offices and condominiums. However, the agreement with the city paving the way for the new project should guarantee that the remainder of the Georgetown waterfront will be preserved for parks. 9. FRANCES GOODRICH/$3 Investment

The Bowie receptionist, who describes herself as a "gambler at heart," won more than $1.5 million last September the first time she played the D.C. Lotto. Goodrich, an avid player of the Maryland lottery, said she asked her husband to buy her $5 worth of $1 D.C. Lotto tickets after seeing a newspaper ad for the new game. He bought only $3 worth because that was all the money he had, but that proved to be enough. 10. OTIS H. TROUPE/Tough Audits

While Mayor Barry has quieted or outmaneuvered most of his critics, the D.C. auditor has managed to keep the administration on its toes by issuing tough reports and audits of city programs. It was Troupe who led the way in criticizing the city's handling of federal funds in the Bates Street housing redevelopment project. This year, Troupe raised questions about the operation of the D.C. Lottery Board and criticized the Barry administration for awarding consulting contracts to former D.C. officials.