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Adam Conner Politics and Government Outreach Manger, Facebook Public Policy and Board

How do you think the local tech industry will evolve over the next five years? I think we’ve seen a very solid foundation built for Washington’s tech industry. With local startups becoming big, incubators and startup spaces like 1776, and tech companies all having a presence here, I think you’ll continue to see this area grow and prosper. Motto/quote you live by? “So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was.” (Molly Ivins) A natural talent you wish you had? I wish I had some, any, musical talent, particularly when it comes to karaoke. I make up for it with enthusiasm.

James Alefantis

Owner, Buck’s Fishing and Camping

Cristobal Joshua Alex President, Latino Victory Project

Iman Bint Al-Hussein

Princess of Jordan; Student, American University

aniello alioto Political Director, Progress Now

Grant Allen

Vice President, ABB and Technology Ventures

Abeer Al-Otaiba

Engineer; wife of UAE Ambassador

Justin Amash U.S. Congressman (R-Mich.)

Ericka Anderson Social Media Manager and Senior Digital Associate, Heritage Foundation

Helena andrews

Columnist, “The Reliable Source,” The Washington Post

Cristina Antelo Principal, Podesta Group

Hannah August

Carla Babb

International Broadcaster, Voice of America

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Vice President, JSC Concrete

Vinoda Basnayake

Executive Director, Generational Alliance

Communications Director, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

International Associate,Patton Boggs LLP; Co-founder, Nightlife Agency

Kirsten Berset

Lucas Baiano

Kira Bates

Bradley Beychok

Founder/Principal, MacKenzie Public Relations

President, Media Matters

Alessandra Beggiato

Senior Associate, Price Waterhouse Coopers

Moira Bagley

Political Filmmaker

Kendra Barkoff Press Secretary to Vice President Joe Biden

Andrew Barnett

Press Secretary to First Lady Michelle Obama

Executive Director, SMYAL

Ronit Avni

Anchor, WJLA ABCNews 7

Natasha Barrett

Digital and Social Engagement Strategist, Ministers of Design

Katie Beirne Fallon

Legislative Affairs Director, The White House

Sports Anchor/Reporter, WUSA9 News

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Pari Bradlee

Fitness and Yoga Instructor

Quinn Bradlee

Founder/Executive Director, Just Vision

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JOSHMORGAN(1) WIDE RECEIVER, WASHINGTON REDSKINS

AS A LIFELONG WASHINGTONIAN, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO PLAY FOR THE REDSKINS? I grew up three blocks away from RFK stadium and I used to watch everyone go to the games. All we knew was Redskins. So to actually put on that helmet and the jersey and go out there and play for them every Sunday is a dream come true. That’s the only reason I left San Francisco. I was with the 49ers for four years and that was the team that drafted me. But I’ve talked to a lot of people who’ve played in the NFL and every last one of them said if they had the chance to do it again they would definitely play for their hometown. I had to jump at that chance. WHAT DO THE PLAYERS THINK ABOUT THE CONTROVERSY BEHIND THE REDSKINS TEAM NAME? We try not to pay attention to it. Why complain about it now? It’s been the Redskins for 80 years.That just takes our focus away from playing football. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BIGGEST ISSUES FACING WASHINGTON RIGHT NOW? Other than politics? Education for our youth. It is so unfortunate when I go back to some of my schools in D.C. and hear that they are canceling programs and firing teachers because they can’t afford them.The youth are the future of D.C. and we are taking away from their education by not giving them the best opportunities. FAVORITE CHARITIY/CAUSE? I’m the spokesman for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which is on May 10; United Negro College Fund; United Way; and INOVA. I like to stick with things I can relate to and are personal to me like children, breast cancer and finding ways to [fund] college. I know if I hadn’t received a scholarship to college I wouldn’t have been able to afford it. FAVORITE LOCAL HANGOUTS/RESTAURANTS/BARS? You can’t go wrong with Georgetown, Adams Morgan or U Street.

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WHAT LESSONS CAN YOU TAKE FROM 2013 TO IMPROVE UPON NEXT SEASON? Not to take anything for granted and to use [last season] as motivation to get better. WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL PRIORITIES FOR THE OFF-SEASON? Working on my craft. As an athlete you can always get faster and stronger, become more familiar with the playbook and get more comfortable with your teammates. We are a young team and we need to continue to grow. IF YOU WERE TO PLAY FANTASY FOOTBALL, WHO WOULD YOU DRAFT FIRST? Jamal Charles or Adrian Peterson FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE? I love working with the Boys and Girls Club. It is important to me to see the one-on-one interaction with the people they are helping. MOTTO/QUOTE YOU LIVE BY? “Hard work always pays off.” FAVORITE LOCAL HANGOUTS/RESTAURANTS/BARS? Lost Society and Fogo de Chao

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Journal Host/Producer, C-SPAN’s “Washington”

Founder, AEB Capital

Global Account Manager, Pingtone Communications

Director of Business Development, Crossfire Strategies

Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance

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Physician

Executive Director, Groundswell

Co-founder, 8112 Studios

CEO/Co-Founder, Love.futbol

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WILLIAMBRAWNERJR Washington-based partner, PUBLIC New York City

NICOLEBRENERSCHMITZ Federal Political and Field Director, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

FRITZBROGAN Co-owner, Mason Inn; President, The Capital Club

ALLISONPRIEBESBROOKS Jewelry Designer, The Queen Bee

LEEBRENNER Founding Principal, FastFWD; Founder, Hypervocal

JAKEBREWER Partner, Fisson Media; External Affairs, change.org

EVANBURFIELD Co-founder, 1776

KIKIBURGER Public Relations Manager, Susan G. Komen for the Cure

MATTHEWBRONCZEK Managing Partner, Federal Home

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Director Global Government Affairs, Amgen

Founder/CEO, The WEAR Project CEO, Media Matters

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ZACHCARTER Senior Political Economy Reporter, The Huffington Post

Senior Vice President of Communications, Albright Stonebridge Group

TOBYCHAUDHURI Political Consultant

KEOCHEA Deputy Assistant Director, Community Affairs, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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PRESIDENT, LATINO VICTORY PROJECT

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE YOU ARE WORKING ON AND WHY SHOULD YOUNGER GENERATIONS CARE ABOUT IT? The fundamental need to ensure human rights, the rule of law and good governance are all central parts of American foreign and military policy. It’s always been an uphill battle, but if these issues aren’t integrated, the more traditional national security agenda will become even more difficult to implement. If the Arab Spring has taught us anything it is that people everywhere — including those living under the most authoritarian political systems — aspire to the same fundamental set of values.The future of American foreign policy, therefore, will require moving beyond just traditional government to government relations.Younger generations can be a helpful catalyst so their government can be more creative and innovative in doing this.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE YOU ARE WORKING ON AND WHY SHOULD YOUNGER GENERATIONS CARE ABOUT IT? While the Latino population grows, the number of Latinos elected to public office remains extremely low. In the current Congress, only 31 members of the House are Latino while more than twice that number would be reflective of our share of the population. The statistics are worse in many legislative bodies across the nation. The lack of Latinos running for office further discourages political participation in our community; when you don’t see people on the ballot that reflect your community, you are less likely to vote. While a record 11.2 million Latinos voted during the 2012 presidential election, 12.1 million Latinos eligible to vote stayed home on election day.

FAVORITE BOOK AND WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING? One favorite book? That’s too hard! Maybe “Mama Day” by Gloria Naylor or “Sophie’s Choice” by William Styron. I’m currently reading “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson, a wild novel about North Korea.

MOTTO/QUOTE YOU LIVE BY? The co-founder of our organization, Henry Muñoz, has a wonderful quote that has really resonated with me: “No peso, no sayso.” It is hilarious, but also deeply accurate. Politicans and pundits have long recognized the political currency Latinos bring to the table but now its time to flex our financial muscle and support candidates and causes that champion our American values.

AUSTINTHOMPSON (2) MILLENNIAL COORDINATOR, SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION (SEIU)

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE YOU ARE WORKING ON AND WHY SHOULD YOUNGER GENERATIONS CARE ABOUT IT? When I talk to young people across the country, the first issue they talk about is just how bad the job situation has become. It’s becoming harder and harder to find family-sustaining, good jobs and that is the real culprit behind record economic inequality. For this country to maintain it’s claim to be “one nation with liberty and justice for all”that has to change.

FAVORITE LOCAL HANGOUTS/RESTAURANTS/BARS? I just moved here from New York City, so I am exploring the scene. I was warned by New Yorkers that Washington was the city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm, and that the restaurant/bar scene was weak. They are wrong! This town is packed with great restaurants and bars. Right now my favorite restaurants are Oyamel, Menomale and Red Hen.

MOTTO/QUOTE YOU LIVE BY? A quote by civil rights hero Ella Baker continues to be my North Star:“shine your light and people will find their way.”

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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING WORLD PROBLEM TODAY? Forty percent of the world’s unemployed are young people. That means close to 75 million youth are unemployed globally and millions more make too little to escape a future of desperate poverty. Creating enough good jobs to keep up with a growing population is the only viable long-term strategy to reduce inequality.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE YOU ARE WORKING ON? Making our schools safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students.

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Producer, 18th Street Films Founder, Tangier Pictures

MICHAELCOE COO/Executive Vice President of Government Relations, Hawthorn Group LC

ELBRIDGECOLBY Fellow, Center for a New American Security

MOTTO/QUOTE YOU LIVE BY? “To thine own self be true” FAVORITE LOCAL HANGOUTS/RESTAURANTS/BARS? Sticky Fingers Bakery, Harmony Café and Founding Farmers.

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Digital Director, DNC

Director of Public Relations, Corcoran Gallery of Art; Editor, ProjectBeltway.com

Production Designer, TrueLine Publishing; Vice President, The Madisons

General Manager,Veolia Environment Inc.

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Director of Scheduling, Office of the President

Legislative Director, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.)

Senior Associate, United Nations Foundation

Associate, Foley Hoag LLP

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SMYAL

TIMCONLON Artist

ADAMCONNER Manager of Public Policy, Facebook

RORYCOOPER Communications Director, U.S. House of Representatives

MONIQUECURRIE Forward, Washington Mystics

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LAURENDESANTIS

BRADDAYSPRING Strategist & Communications Director, National Republican Senatorial Committee

JUANCORONADO Cocktail Innovator, ThinkFoodGroup

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Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle

Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research, EPI

Host, Capitol Cooking Show

LAURENTDESBOIS Correspondent, France 2 Television

Co-founder, Cross Boundary

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Associate, Orrick

Principal, Georgetown Consulting Group

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Owner, Kaze Design

Public Relations/Fashion Consultant

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Vice President of Communication, Education Finance Council

MICHAELDOVE Co-founder/Artistic Director, The Forum Theatre

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Professional Oversight Staff, Committee on House Administration, U.S. House of Representatives

Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy, Department of Justice

Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice

Senior Advisor, Philanthropy and Innovation, AFL-CIO

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Founder/CEO, The Millenial Train Project

Associate, Cyber Security

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Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook

Director of External Affairs, Atlantic Media Strategies, Atlantic Media

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Director of Public Relations, Park Hyatt Washington

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Entrepreneur

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Director of Community Relations, WJLA/TBD TV

ABBYFENTON Partner, Steptoe & Johnson

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MIAFEURER Sculptor/Art Professor

President, The DLE Agency

Business Development Director, DSPolitical; Editor, alaceyperspective.com; Co-founder, capfabb.com

LINDSAYELLENBOGEN Founder, Sara Start Fund

Editor, UrbanDaddy DC

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GREGENGERT Beer Director, Neighborhood Restaurant Group

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PAUL-MARTINFOSS Executive Director, Carl Menger Center for the Study of Money and Banking

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Chairman, Berico Technologies

Co-founder/CEO, Emergent Leaders Network

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Director, Public Trust Project

Founder/Principal, Finepoint

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Chief Counsel, United States Senate

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motto/quote you live by? “To whom much is given, much is expected.” your favorite book And what are you currently reading? I recently completed Malcolm Gladwell’s “David and Goliath,” which I think is actually quite relevant to sports. I prefer to read biographies or books that teach me about a particular theory or hypothesis. What do you think is the most pressing world problem today? Hunger and poverty. It is a tragedy. My time at Street Soccer USA was one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life. It taught me that the average homeless family is unlike the stereotype that most people imagine.They are mostly normal people who have fallen on hard times. favorite Local hangouts/restaurants/bars? When I’m not at Verizon Center, I enjoy dining at restaurants like Café Milano in Georgetown, Cava in Arlington, or The Source Downtown. I’ve also become a fan of Le Diplomate on 14th Street NW. What trait do you have the least tolerance for in yourself and IN others?  Close-mindedness

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Shana Glickfield

Staffer, House Financial Services Committee

Associate Artistic Director, Signature Theatre

Partner, Beekeeper Group

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Patrick Gavin

Weekend Morning Anchor, NBC Washington; Editor, ohmygoff.tv

Photographer, National Geographic Young Explorers

Tyrone Gayle

Deputy National Press Secretary and African American Media Adviser, DCCC

Jennifer Paquette galloway President, Wolcott Hill Group LLC

Staff Writer, Politico

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Director, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch

Mark Gillespie

Artistic Manager,YOA Orchestra of the Americas

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Rui Garcia

Marketing and Events Manager, RedPeg Marketing

Pierre Garcon

Shana Glenzer Vice President Social Marketing, SocialRadar

CEO, Acuity Inc.

Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins

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Hannah Goldstein Assistant Rabbi, Temple Sinai

Tammy Gordon Vice President of Social Communications, AARP

neil grace Senior Advisor, FCC

Jonice Gray Tucker Partner, BuckleySandler LLP

Andrew green

Staffer, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)

Morgan Greenhouse

Founder, The verdeHOUSE LLC

Robert Griffin III

Kristin Guiter

Communications/Public Relations/Marketing Expert

Carlos Gutierrez JR. Associate, Clark Hill

Erika Gutierrez

Founder/President, epgPR LLC

Quarterback, Washington Redskins

Karina Gutierrez

Ryan Grim

Indivar Dutta-Gupta

Washington Bureau Chief, The Huffington Post

Associate, epgPR LLC

Senior Policy Advisor, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

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Brandon Hadley

Founder and President, Washington Writing Group

Associate, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Richard Graves Co-founder, Ethical Electric

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SHANAGLENZER(1) VP OF SOCIAL MARKETING, SOCIALRADAR

SOME PEOPLE SAY THERE ISN’T A TRUE STARTUP CULTURE/COMMUNITY IN WASHINGTON. DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE? I disagree. Whether it is the hundreds of startup companies that take advantage of the community and resources at 1776, or the dozens of large successful companies that continue to partner with and share their experience with smaller organizations, the area has a true entrepreneur community. They’re rooting for each other and we’re relying on them for the launch of SocialRadar. FAVORITE APPS? SocialRadar, Alien Blue, SnapDash 3 WEBSITES YOU VISIT DAILY? Twitter, Facebook, Digg JILLMELNICKI(2)

collaboration was absolutely necessary. Speech-recognition software has also made a huge difference in my level of productivity. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING WORLD PROBLEM TODAY? Misdirected personal and societal energy. Meaning, we focus on the wrong things because we’re looking for quick fixes and easy solutions or because we’re just uninformed. In the meantime, significant problems go unmet because they lack serious, long-term attention. FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE? The FAIR Girls (www.fairgirls.org) team works tirelessly to prevent the exploitation of girls worldwide with empowerment and education programs. REBECCAMARK(3) FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS MANAGER, MICROSOFT

COMMUNICATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

a local startup community, and a JOHNPAULFARMER(5) growing willingness by government INNOVATOR/ENTREPRENEUR to embrace technology. Having the federal government — our SOME PEOPLE SAY THERE ISN’T A primary local employer — invested TRUE STARTUP CULTURE/COMMUNITY in maintaining a vibrant startup IN WASHINGTON. DO YOU AGREE OR community is certainly a good DISAGREE? I believe you can find thing. As a result of this changing an entrepreneurial community tide over the past five years, the anywhere you find people. business community is taking note. Washington has a diverse culture that welcomes people from all WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? Checking across the country and around out shows at the 9:30 Club, Black the world. That can be a great Cat, Rock & Roll Hotel etc., breeding ground for innovative being the first to Yelp about new ideas and new approaches. restaurants, traveling WHAT TECHNOLOGY CHANGED YOUR LIFE? I look at the Internet JAKEWARD(4) of Things, open data, digital CO-FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE health, 3D printing and additive APPLICATION DEVELOPERS ALLIANCE manufacturing as a few of the MOTTO/QUOTE YOU LIVE BY? “Don’t be game changers on the horizon, cocky. Don’t be flashy.There’s always and their potential is really someone better than you.” — Tony exciting. Hsieh, Zappos CEO MOTTO/QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?“It always FAVORITE BOOK AND BOOK YOU ARE seems impossible until it’s done.” CURRENTLY READING? “Liars Poker” — Nelson Mandela by Michael Lewis and “David and Goliath” by Malcom Gladwell, FAVORITE APPS? Twitter, Nextdoor,and respectively. any health app using Blue Button data FAVORITE LOCAL HANGOUTS/RESTAURANTS/BARS? Sidecar

HOW DO YOU THINK THE LOCAL TECH INDUSTRY WILL EVOLVE OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS? Years ago, the local focus was on the WHAT TECHNOLOGY CHANGED YOUR LIFE? Northern Virginia tech corridor On a personal level, I was thrilled with but now there’s a lot more energy the introduction of Google Hangouts. across this entire area. We have Last year, I held 12 weeks of virtual city-wide conferences geared Saturday meetings with classmates toward the “technorati” such as from around the country as we built Social Media Week, incubators WEBSITES YOU VISIT DAILY? Hacker a potential tech startup, where group that are actively helping cultivate News, DevsBuild.It, ESPN.com

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DIANAMINSHALL(1) AGENT, COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE

WHAT’S ONE LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED THAT IS IMPORTANT FOR OTHER GENERATIONS TO UNDERSTAND? Knowing when to give up on something. As a highly competitive person, it can be challenging to let go of a good idea, project I’ve been working on, or a deal. No matter how much effort you put into something, it is important to know when it is time to push it through, and when it is time to walk away.

probably read it every other year. FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE? So Others Might Eat. It is important to reinvest in our community and participate in a way that keeps me aware of other people’s concerns and opens my mind to what is going on where we live. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? Urban beekeeping, cooking, traveling

ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK? “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. I

HANNAHGOLDSTEIN(2) ASSISTANT RABBI, SINAI TEMPLE

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED IN YOUR FIELD AND HOW DID YOU CONQUER IT? Even though liberal Jewish movements have been ordaining women for decades, people are often surprised to meet a young, woman rabbi. Usually, as I get to know people better, they no longer focus on my age or gender. MOTTO/QUOTE YOU LIVE BY? Be strong and resolute. ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK? “The World According to Garp” by John Irving BEST BOOK YOU READ LAST YEAR? “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING? “The Love Affairs of Nathanial P.” by Adelle Waldman WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING WORLD PROBLEM TODAY? Though our world is increasingly interconnected, we seem to lack empathy for those in need. At a local level, in synagogues we bring people together in times of celebration and hardship.We work to build a community and combat the isolation that so many seem to experience in our contemporary world. On a larger level, we are a social justice-driven congregation. Hopefully, our engagement with justice work fights the tendency toward apathy and complacency and helps motivate people to improve the world around them.

JENNIFERPAQUETTEGALLOWAY(3) PRESIDENT, WOLCOTT HILL GROUP, LLC

WHAT’S ONE LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED THAT YOU THINK IS IMPORTANT FOR OTHER GENERATIONS TO UNDERSTAND? How to be empowered by the word “no.” WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED IN YOUR FIELD AND HOW DID YOU CONQUER IT? My age. Whether being a government relations associate and lobbying on behalf of Fortune 500 companies or fundraising with national

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WHAT RESTAURANT BESIDES YOUR OWN DO YOU TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS TO? Osteria Morini WHAT ARE YOUR MOST-REQUESTED DISHES? The bread basket and plats du jour WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING WORLD PROBLEM TODAY? Lack of empathy toward different people. WHAT TRAIT DO YOU HAVE THE LEAST TOLERANCE FOR IN YOURSELF AND IN OTHERS? I am impatient; liars/sloppy people/laziness CHRISJAKUBIEC(2) EXECUTIVE CHEF, PLUME AT THE JEFFERSON HOTEL

WHAT RESTAURANT OPENING ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2014? Daniel Boulud in Washington WHAT ARE YOUR MOST-REQUESTED DISHES? On the menu the biggest seller in Plume is the prime filet of Martin’s Angus beef. But when we removed the croque monsieur from the bar menu we had so many requests for it that we had to put it back on. Otherwise, anything gluten-free. MOTTO/QUOTE YOU LIVE BY? “Today starts anew.”

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Co-author “Perfect Coffee at Home”; Former Lietutenant, U.S. Marine Corps

Communications Director and Senior Advisor, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

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Manager of Public Policy, Facebook

Founder/Director, Gilrs Health Ed.;

Senior Communications Officer, World Bank

Chief of Internal Communications, USGS

ALLISONLONGHARDY Artist

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Co-founder, MoKi Media

CHANELLEHARDY

Columnist, “The Reliable Source,” The Washington Post

Author, “Yours in Truth: A Personal Portrait of Ben Bradlee”

Senior Vice President for Policy/ Executive Director, National Urban League Policy Institute

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President, NARAL Pro Choice America

Web and Social Media Chief, USGS

President, Teavine Inc.

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JUSTINHERMAN

Outfielder, Washington Nationals

Director of Federal Social Media, The Center for Excellence in Digital Government at GSA

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President/CEO, Halfaker & Assoc.

BLAKEHALL CEO, ID.me

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PETERHAMBY Political Correspondant, CNN

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LANAEERICKSON HATALSKY Director of Social Policy & Politics, Third Way

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Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Department of State

Press Assistant for the National Security Council Press Team and Global Engagement, The White House

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ALEXHORNBROOK Director of Scheduling, Office of the Vice President

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RACHELHOLT Regional General Manager for the East Coast, Uber

Co-founder, Pleasant Pops

GREGHOUSTON Senior Vice President, The Meridian International Center

CHINYEREHUBBARD Vice President of Marketing, Events DC

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Emily Minehart Systems Engineer, Orbital Sciences Corporation

John Smallwood Propulsion Engineer, Orbital Sciences Corporation

What technology will change our lives the most in the near future? Many of our everyday technologies were derived from space sciences. Except for medicine, we believe space sciences offer the greatest potential to enhance human life. Commercial space companies such as Orbital Sciences Corporation are utilizing technology to provide reliable access to space and innovative space systems. The increased use of commercial space companies will provide cost-reduced access to space and space systems.This in turn will drive the improvement of space technologies which not only has benefits for the space industry but spins off to other industries as well. What is the most pressing world problem today? In general, American students continue to fall behind the rest of the world in the study of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).This trend, if left unchecked, could bring our nation’s global leadership into question. Therefore, enhancing STEM education is vital not only to the space industry but the nation’s future globally. favorite apps? NASA Updates on the agencies current work. ISSLIve Live data from the International Space Station.APODviewer NASA’s astronomy picture of the day. What are your hobbies? Emily: Traveling, hiking, skiing, boating and photography John: R.C. helicopters, lock picking, electronics, running, basketball and skiing

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President Emeritus, Capital Club

Nicholas Hunter

Vice President, Pounds Properties

Mary anne huntsman Concert pianist

Mounir Ibrahim

ivan iricanin

Ayana elizabeth Johnson Executive Director of Programs and Strategy, Waitt Institute

Producer, ABC7 News

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Brian Marshall Johnson

Director, Human Rights Campaign

Director of Operations, Richard Sandoval Restaurants

Executive Chef, Plume at The Jefferson Hotel

Adora Jenkins

Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

Vice President of External Affairs, Information Technology Industry Council

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Director of Specialty Media, The White House

Darren Jackson

Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager, Bank of America Practice Solutions

Vice President of State Government Communications, The Distilled Spirits Council

Nate Jenkins

Director of Federal Relations, API; Editor, hungrylobbyist.com

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Sandro Kereselidze

Cassidy Karakorn Deputy

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Attorney/Principal, Brimble & Clark

Sam Kass

Ashley Jones

Executive Director of Let’s Move/ Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy, The White House

Jonathan Jordan

Director of Speechwriting, The White House Office of the President

Executive Director of Business Developmen, Luke’s Wings

Brianna Keilar

Carolyn Amirpashaie King

Chief of Staff, Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.)

Featured Dancer, The Washington Ballet

Goldy Kamali

Founder/CEO, FedScoop

Cody Stephen Keenan

White House Correspondent, CNN

Joseph P. Kennedy III

Suzanne Kianpour

Capitol Hill Producer, BBC News

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Director of Operations, Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.)

U.S. Congressman (D-Mass.)

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Associate, White and Case

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SHOULD THINK TANKS HAVE TO DISCLOSE THEIR DONORS AS SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN HAS PROPOSED? Think tanks play an important role in the policy process, so it’s important that the views of contributors do not influence the policy recommendations. Disclosing donors is one way to combat that. I also believe think tanks need to have strong internal policies that insulate the policy analysts from undue influence. MOTTO/QUOTE YOU LIVE BY? “Just trying to change the world one sequin at a time” — Lady Gaga ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK? “The Book of Jezebel” edited by Anna Holmes, is a wonderfully snarky encyclopedia of feminist terms that cracks me up to no end. HILARYWETHING(2) SENIOR RESEARCH ASSISTANT, ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE

WHAT ARE THE MOST EXCITING ISSUES YOU ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON? Much of my work currently centers around the question of how to make the economy work for the majority of working Americans, the bottom 99 percent if you will. FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE? I’m very passionate about bringing power back into workers’ rights, so D.C. Jobs with Justice is my favorite right now.They are fighting for workers’ rights and an economy that benefits everyone through engagement with labor, student and faith communities. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING WORLD PROBLEM TODAY? Inequality.The gap between the rich and poor is greater now than it’s ever been before, and it’s holding working families, and our economy, back. FAVORITE LOCAL HANGOUTS/RESTAURANTS/BARS? I live in Columbia Heights and prefer to stay local on the weekends. For drinks I usually go to the Red Derby, and Kangaroo Boxing Club. I also have a C.S.A. (community supported agriculture) with Smucker Farms that I pick up once a week. The best food is farm-fresh food and on Friday nights they usually have delicious tastings.

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DANIELCOSTA(3) DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION LAW AND POLICY RESEARCH, ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE

SHOULD THINK TANKS HAVE TO DISCLOSE THEIR DONORS? Sen. Warren actually called on banks and financial institutions to disclose their contributions to think tanks. She did not exactly call on think tanks to disclose all of their donors. And even in the case of banks, she called on them to make the disclosures voluntarily. I definitely support Sen. Warren’s call for greater transparency by banks and financial institutions. It’s interesting to note that labor unions are required by law to report all of their contributions and expenditures to the U.S. Department of Labor, where they are available online. I’d like to see the same obligation imposed on major corporations and law firms. And personally, I think that all think tanks should indeed disclose who their donors are (individual, corporate and foundations). Whether it’s a political campaign or a think tank, money doesn’t guarantee results, favors or silence, but it’s important to know of any possible biases that a person or institution that publishes research intended to influence public opinion and policymakers might have. ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK? It’s a tie between “The Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison and “The Postmodern Condition” by Jean-François Lyotard. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING WORLD PROBLEM TODAY? How to prevent and mediate/ resolve domestic and international armed conflicts. Also, humans refusing to stop recklessly destroying the environment. FAVORITE APPS? Taxi Magic because I’ve left my life of driving behind and Google Maps because I never know where I am, even in a tiny city like D.C. Soundcloud because there’s tons of new and interesting music uploaded by artists around the world.

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YGL2014 Giovanni Russonello (1) Founder, CapitalBop; Jazz music journalist

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What is your favorite piece of music? In summer, it’s usually “All of You” from Miles Davis’“Round About Midnight.”Winter, I lean on “In a Silent Way.” Currently, Matana Roberts’“Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile” seems to draw me in closer every time I hear it. Local musician/band who is under appreciated? Kris Funn. He’s the first-call bass player for some of the major names in contemporary jazz, and he plays around the world. At home he’s in the Young Lions, a fabulous trio that can make all sorts of free-ranging grooves sound personal, and Corner Store, his own band. I especially love Corner Store; It has a cold blade of rock intensity, and a hot groove that feels like it’s etched in something. Favorite local music venue? When nuclear war comes, I’ll be happy in the basement at Bohemian Caverns. favorite Local hangouts/restaurants/bars? There are so many great little venues to tuck yourself away in, but I just gotta plug CapitalBop’s monthly D.C. Jazz Loft, an intimate show/get-together at the Union Arts warehouse space where we spotlight different local bands each time. Mark Gillespie (2) General Manager, YOA Orchestra of the Americas

What is your favorite piece of music? Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” Today, any record produced by the Swede Max Martin. He has the Midas touch and is the most global songwriter of our time. Local musician/band who is under appreciated? All producers are under appreciated. Two of my favorite homegrown talents are Benny Blanco and Rich Harrison. Rich introduced D.C.’s Go-Go sound to the world with hits by Beyoncé and J-Lo. Favorite local music venue? Rumba Café for late-night Afro-Peruvian sets Best book you read last year? “The Swerve: How theWorld Became Modern” by Stephen Grenblatt BOOK YOU ARE currently reading? Listening to Teaching Company lectures on American history

Albert Kleine

Senior Economics Researcher, Media Matters

Julie Kohler

Executive Vice President/ COO, Democracy Alliance

Carine Krawiec

Owner, Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Jackie Kucinich

Politics Reporter, The Washington Post

Anna Leffer Kuhn

Executive Director, Arca Foundation

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CEO/President,Voto Latino

Michelle Kwan

Senior Advisor for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, U.S. State Department

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Becky Lee

Owner, The Aba Agency

Executive Director/ Founder, Becky’s Fund

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Co-owner, Landini Bros Restaurant; Owner CXIIIRex and The Fish Market

Owner, Mandu

Jake Lefebure

CEO/Co-Founder, Design Army

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Kerri Larkin

Founder, BrightestYoung Things

Marketing Director, Saks Fifth Avenue Chevy Chase

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Executive Vice President, Public Diplomacy, MSLGroup

Co-founding Partner/Creative Director, Design Army

Svetlana Legetic

Zach Leonsis

Annie Lowrey

Manager of Business and Development, Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Economic Policy Correspondent, The New York Times

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Rachel Lerner

Vice President, J Street Education Fund

Deputy Director, International Republican Institute

Kirsten Lodal

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Co-Founder/CEO, LIFT

Co-founder/COO, Daily Secret

Justin Logan

Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute

cassie mabery Marketing Director, Katcef Brothers

Larhonda Lombardi

Sports Markerting Professional

Nicolas Loris

Senior Policy Analyst on Energy and Environment, Heritage Foundation

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Greg Engert Beer Director, Neighborhood Restaurant Group

Where do you see craft beers headed in five years? While I see craft beer continuing to evolve and to expand its reach in the coming years, I also believe that the most exceptional brewers — whether existing, fledgling or still to come — will become predominant. Craft beer drinkers are increasingly more savvy and demanding and that the very best breweries will prosper, while many of the others will fade away. Less emphasis will be placed on what’s simply new or local. More emphasis will be placed on what’s proven to be great, whether by our own palates or by the palates of others. This is where rating sites, social media, word-of-mouth will continue to have the immediate and far-reaching impact we are already witnessing today.  How do you think peoples’ perception of beer has changed in the last FIVE years? Craft beer has become nearly mainstream, so much so that it has achieved a status apart from the once wholly dominant industrial lager segment. Motto/quote you live by? Ezra Pound’s “Make it New!” favorite Local hangouts/restaurants/bars? I love Toki Underground as well as the Queen Vic across the street. Cafe Mozart brings me back to my student days in Munich, Rose’s Luxury is as good as purported, and Del Campo is quickly becoming the go-to neighborhood haunt for me and my girlfriend Kelsey.

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Jaclyn Mason

Magician

Owner, Charm Georgetown

Sarah Margon

Oriana Skylar Mastro

Amber McDonald

Associate, Baker&Miller; Founder, The Kindness Collective

Tommy McFly

Rebecca Mark

Assistant Professor, Georgetown University Asia-Pacific Strategist, USAFR, Pentagon

Federal Government Affairs Manager, Microsoft

Alyssa Mastromonaco

Tara McGuinnes

Acting Washington Director, Human Rights Watch

Violetta Markelou

Photographer/Visual Artist

Kouri Marshall

Deputy Campaign Manager, Vincent Gray 2014

Deputy Chief of Staff, White House

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Executive Chef/Owner, Mintwood Place

Ashindi Maxton

Director of Political Partnership Programs, SEIU International

Lindsay Mask

Senior Communications Advisor, The White House

Britt McHenry

Sports Anchor/Reporter, WJLA-TV ABC 7

Patrick McHenry

U.S. Congressman (R-N.C.)

Communications and Partnerships Manager, Office of the Chief Technology Officer

Spike Mendelsohn

Restaurateur, Good Stuff Eatery/ We, the Pizza/Bearnaise

Elaine Mensah

Founder and Fashion Director, SVELTE LLC

Seth Messner

Attorney, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Marika Meyer Owner, Marika Meyer Interiors

Stephen Miles

Coalition Coordinator for Win Without War, CIP

Tim Miller

Executive Director, America Rising PAC

Alex Mills

Actor, Synetic Theatre Company

Diana Minshall

Agent, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Jen Mishory

Deputy Director,Young Invincibles

Navroop Mitter

CEO/Co-Founder, Gryphn

Kate Michael

Principal, Global Vision Communications

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President, K Street Kate, LLC

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HOW DID YOU GET YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR IN SUCH A COMPETITIVE INDUSTRY? My first T.V. job I accepted for no pay. It was a fairly new project, but one that forced me to think on my feet and gain confidence. Surprisingly, my work on that show for several seasons provided me with opportunities in local television. DO YOU THINK THERE IS A CAREER CAP FOR WOMEN SPORTS JOURNALISTS? Absolutely not.Women have become more prevalent in sports broadcasting and have earned the respect of their male colleagues.We’ve had women do play-byplay, sideline reporting, anchoring and analysis. The opportunities are endless.

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MOTTO/QUOTE YOU LIVE BY? “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” — Henry David Thoreau JOETOOHEY(2) DIGITAL PRODUCER, “MEET THE PRESS,” NBC NEWS

MOST MEMORABLE STORY YOU’VE COVERED? “Meet the Press’” coverage of the gun control debate after the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.We had a series of marquee interviews with NRA chief Wayne LaPierre, head of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Michael Bloomberg, and finally President Obama.We covered the story from all angles and helped move the conversation forward. MOTTO/QUOTE YOU LIVE BY? “You’ll always miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky FAVORITE CHARITY OR CAUSE? Any charity that gives to breast cancer research. My mom is a survivor and my family is really active with Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure. ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK? “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson FAVORITE LOCAL HANGOUTS/RESTAURANTS/BARS? Townhouse Tavern — it’s the best kept secret in D.C. PETERHAMBY(3) NATIONAL POLITICAL REPORTER, CNN

MOST MEMORABLE STORY YOU’VE COVERED? I was on the plane with Sarah Palin for her entire vice presidential campaign in 2008.You couldn’t dream up a wilder ride in politics.

the two books that sparked my interest in journalism: George Orwell’s “Down and Out in Paris and London” and Hunter Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.”

WHAT WILL BE THE HOT-BUTTON ISSUE IN THE UPCOMING MID-TERM ELECTIONS? One theme that surfaces over and over when I travel is a deep and growing distrust of institutions, like official Washington, big business, the media, etc. Candidates who tap into those anxieties will be well-served in 2014 and 2016.

FAVORITE LOCAL HANGOUTS/RESTAURANTS/BARS? Bar Pilar, Cashion’s, Granville Moore’s, Tabard Inn

ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK? A preposterous question! I can, however, name

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FAVORITE APPS? Twitter is my news feed. Instagram is growing on me, in spite of the food porn. I also stream a ton of music from terrific local radio stations that have apps, like WWOZ in New Orleans and KUT in Austin.

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LACEYFAEH(1) SENIOR DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, DSPOLITICAL; EDITOR AND OWNER, A LACEY PERSPECTIVE LLC

WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF YOUR JOB? Educating my clients on the latest advances in online advertising technology. It’s always changing and can get very technical but offers incredible results.

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POLITICAL COMMUNICATIONS HAS BECOME SUCH AN INTEGRAL PART OF CAMPAIGNS. HOW HAS THAT CHANGED HOW YOU DO BUSINESS? A job like mine could not have existed five years ago. Being on the cutting-edge of political advertising and technology and translating the latest advances into actionable strategies for my clients means I am always learning new things. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING WORLD PROBLEM TODAY? Women’s inequality, at home and around the world, where circumstances are even more dire. Giving women sound economic and political footing transforms communities and nations and we need to do more, whether its work policies in the U.S., better representation in government or educational opportunities abroad. I’m proud that many of the clients I work with are aligned with these goals. CRISTINAANTELOESQ(2) PRINCIPAL, THE PODESTA GROUP

MOTTO/QUOTE YOU LIVE BY? My dad instilled in me a great respect for time, as it is not guaranteed and it is precious. He taught me to regard every moment not spent being productive, efficient or achieving something as a waste. While I’d argue it has served me well, my husband would argue it makes movie night at home impossible. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOOK AND WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING? “Gideon’s Trumpet” by Anthony Lewis inspired my respect for government and law. I have a 6-week-old baby so there’s no spare time for reading at the moment. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING WORLD PROBLEM TODAY? Lack of educational opportunities. I think education is likely the best cure for most other problems.

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LUISMIRANDA(3) CO-FOUNDER/MANAGING DIRECTOR, MDC STRATEGIES

WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF YOUR JOB? Staying creative. Working in politics and government, you’re often hamstrung by bureaucracy and institutional fear that prevents good ideas from getting off the ground. Working independently I get to be more creative, but it’s also a challenge to maintain that and to make it work. Still, that’s what makes the work fun! ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK AND WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING? I always liked “Anthem” by Ayn Rand. I’m currently reading Alexis Ohanian’s “Without Their permission: How the 21st century will be made, not managed.” WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING WORLD ISSUE TODAY? Broadband access. It’s amazing what access to information, even via a cellphone, is doing to transform the world.Yet even in the U.S., the difference in cost for broadband access from one place to another can be staggering. WEBSITES YOU READ DAILY? Politico.com, Washingtonpost.com and whatever Twitter leads me to.

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WHAT ISSUES ARE YOU WORKING ON THAT AFFECT YOUNG PEOPLE AND WHY SHOULD THEY CARE? Monetary policy is the issue I work on that affects young people the most. Your ability to live a comfortable retirement is based largely on your ability to save and accumulate wealth starting in your 20s. The low interest rate environment the Federal Reserve has brought about has created incredible disincentives to saving and investment among young people. Traditional saving at a bank will actually lose you purchasing power due to negative real interest rates (rate of inflation is higher than the nominal interest rate you receive on your savings deposits) so we have an entire generation of young people spending money and living the good life, but they’re not going to be able to continue that indefinitely. WHY HAS POLITICS BECOME SO ADVERSARIAL? Because so many people see it as a game, a contest. Too many Hill folks are just up here to “make the other side look bad” rather than accomplishing anything substantive or acting out of principle. MOTTO/QUOTE YOU LIVE BY? “Do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it.” — Virgil. It was Ludwig von Mises’ motto, and it’s particularly relevant to me as a Hill staffer because there’s so

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much pressure to soften our positions or go along to get along. FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE? The Catholic Church. I’m a faithful Catholic and give most of my donations to my parish or to other Catholic organizations. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING WORLD PROBLEM TODAY? The increasing centralization of power within the state. There’s pretty much no sector of anyone’s life today that the government isn’t already involved in or doesn’t want to get involved in. We’re the frog in the boiling pot and most people don’t even realize it because they’re more interested in pursuing a comfortable life than anything else. Just look at how little reaction there has been to Edward Snowden’s revelations. The NSA is going to continue to vacuum up huge amounts of personal data because they think it won’t ever affect them. Once it does affect them, though, it’ll be too late to change anything. WEBSITES YOU VISIT DAILY? Zerohedge, LewRockwell.com, and AR15.com. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? My primary hobby is brewing beer. I’ve been a home brewer for nearly five years.

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YGL2014 Matt Stoller (2) Senior Policy Advisor, REP. Alan Grayson

What issues are you working on that affect young people and Why should they care? I want a more interesting world, and right now economic trends are working against that. This is because young people are being denied the ability to shape the world in which they live through financial deprivation. Money is permission to use social resources.That’s why credit reporting agencies and data brokers have immense amounts of information on every American because it’s important to dole out permission with intense care for what kind of society is allowed. Or to put it another way, if you only allow the most boring ass-kissers access to money, then you’re going to have a boring society run by ass-kissers. I prefer a society run by the Edward Snowden’s of the world than the ticky tack awfulness of Henry Kissinger’s spiritual children. Why has politics become so adversarial? That’s democracy, and heated political rhetoric is much better than violent conflict. People who say that we should all get along in politics are usually just mad at democratic checks on their preferred policies. For example, David Walker and Bob Rubin are constantly talking about the need to stop fighting with each other, fix our dysfunctional politics, then get on with cutting social programs. I’m sorry, but that’s just rich people saying that democracy is intruding into their desire to be jerks to the non-rich. Another way to phrase the question is, why do our political and legal institutions increasingly fail to deliver results that satisfy the broad mass of the public? The answer is that we increasingly have a system of aristocracy, and aristocrats have an interest in destroying democratic mechanisms of governance so they can organize our social resources. They need to paralyze the political system and democratic structures to do it to make sure the country serves their needs, and so their kids don’t have to compete with middle-class kids on an even playing field. This paralysis has allowed bad cell service, poor utilities, crappy broadband, a bad banking system (worse than Kenya in mobile payments, for example). On a basic level, when you don’t govern, your bridges fall down, but this can be a winner for a small elite even if everyone else loses. For example, if you want tax cuts for your helicopter and you don’t use the

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David Muse

Danielle Moodie-Mills

DJ, Music Producer

Senior Advisor/Global GeoPolitical Risk, Oxford Analytica

Advisor LGBT Policy and Racial Justice, Center for American Progress

Josh Morgan

Wide Receiver, The Washington Redskins

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Senior Vice President, Fitzgibbon Media

Jared Nelson

Featured Dancer, The Washington Ballet

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Public Affairs Specialist/Attorney, U.S. Department of State

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U.S. Congressman (D-Fla.)

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Director, Smithsonian APA Program

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Special Assistant to U.S. Attorney, District of Maryland

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U.S. Senator (D-Conn.)

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bridges, then it might make sense to gut funding for bridge repair in favor of your own financial health. Motto/quote you live by? “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.” — Oscar Wilde Favorite charity/cause?: I give to people who ask me for money on the street. It’s important not to ignore the obvious misery our society allows to exist. all-time favorite book? “Carbon Democracy” by Timothy Mitchell What is the most pressing world problem today? Climate change Jennifer Hing (3) Communications Director/Senior Advisor, House Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives

What are the most important issues you are working on? My committee is currently writing a massive Omnibus Appropriations bill to fund the entirety of the federal government for the current fiscal year. Why has politics become so adversarial? Congress is polarized because the country is polarized. Politics and legislating is supposed to be difficult. That is the way the founding fathers intended it.   Favorite local hangouts/restaurants/bars? The Tune Inn for beer and chicken balls. Rose’s Luxury for everything they serve. I’m a Hill rat. Favorite charity/cause? K-9 Corps at the Congressional Cemetery. My dogs and I have been members for years. Nowhere else in the city can you play with your dog off-leash surrounded by such remarkable history.

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President, The Curiosity Project

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Alex Ovechkin

Left Wing/Captain, The Washington Capitals; Founder, Crazy Eights

Owner, The Dunes

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Reporter, ABC7 News

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John Pacheco

Director, C&M International

Bindu Pamarthi

Director of Occie Business Liaison, U.S. Department of Commerce

Student, Georgetown Law; Miss DC 2013

Maggie O’Neill

Charlie Paret

Owner, O’Neill Studios LLC

Brian Orakpo

Outside Linebacker, The Washington Redskins

Laura O’Shaughnessy

CEO, Social Code

Marquis Perkins Creative Director Destination DC

Tom Perriello

President/CEO, Center for American Progress

Dan Pfeiffer

Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor, The White House

Macon Phillips

Coordinator, State Department

Managing Director, Paxton Stuart LLC; Co-Founder, The Sundance Collective and DC Entrepreneurs Week

Trita Parsi

Founder, National Iranian American Council

Erich Pica

President, Friends of the Earth

Bob Pilon

Chief Development Officer, The ONE Campaign

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Philanthropy Consultant

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Adora Andy Jenkins Vice President of External Affairs, Information Technology Industry Council

Motto/quote you live by? The Golden Rule your all-time favorite book? “Pride and Prejudice” is one of my favorites. I’ve read it several times since I was young; It’s timeless. I also love “Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini,“Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden and “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston. What is the most pressing world problem today? The education and skills gap in our country. So many Americans are out of work and yet there are tens of thousands of open jobs that can’t be filled because our country lacks a trained workforce.

Nate Jenkins White House Liaison, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

what are the Pros and cons of working together as a married couple? [One con is] since we both work in politics, we often find ourselves talking about politics together over dinner, with friends, with family, with coworkers and even with strangers. It can be a bit much sometimes. Favorite new technology? The Jawbone UP24 Fitness Band which tracks my daily activity and sleeping pattern. It also has a silent wake alarm that Adora appreciates much more than my old alarm clock that used to wake us both up in the morning. Favorite charity/cause? Susan G. Komen for the Cure. My mother Sherry Ann Jenkins was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was a little boy. She fought it for over 20 years, serving as a source of encouragement and support for other breast cancer survivors before she passed in October 2011. What is the most pressing world problem today? Ending education inequity is one of the most pressing challenges facing the country. A person’s zipcode shouldn’t determine the outcome of his or her life.

Ada Polla

Founder and CEO, Alchimie Forever

Jen Psaki

Ben Rhodes

Co-owner, Café Bonaparte Napoleon/Malmaison

Political Reporter, NBC News

Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting, The White House

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Gautam Raghavan

Karen Richardson

Omar Popal

Author and journalist

Drew Porterfield

Curator/Director, Long View Gallery

Mike Powell

Chief Innovation Officer, State of Maryland

Amb. La Celia Prince

Ambassador, St.Vincent and the Grendadines

Spokeswoman, State Department

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Public Engagement Advisor,White House Office of Public Engagement

Oscar Ramirez

Advisor, White House Office of Public Engagement

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Principal, Podesta Group

Senior Loan Officer, Potomac Mortgage Group

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Joseph P. Robert III

Philanthropist

Steve Ressler Founder/President, GovLoop

Board of Directors, Fight for Children; Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Jessica Robertson

Nicole Rodgers

Karim Sadjadpour Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment

President, Role/Reboot

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Deputy Associate Director in the office of First Lady Obama, The White House

Michael Sapienza

Kim Rosenburg

Founder/President, Mixology Inc.

Executive Director, Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation

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Luke Russert

News Correspondent, NBC/MSNBC

Tracy Russo

Communications Director, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.); Communications Lead, Congressional Progressive Caucus

Founder, Russo Strategies LLC

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Founder, Capital Bop/New Vintage Jazz/Wine Fest

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Marketing/PR Manager, Richard Sandoval Restaurants

Aaron Schock

Natural Hazards and Climate Change Public Affairs Specialist, USGS

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Principal, BrandLinkDC

U.S. Congressman (R- Ill.)

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Sandro Kereselidze Founder/Creative Director, Art SoirÉe

Tatiana Pastukhova Co-Founder/Business Director, Art SoirÉe

How has the D.C. art scene changed in the last five years? Since we started Art Soirée in 2009, it has changed a lot, especially over the past couple of years. We are proud to say that we made our mark in D.C.’s art history by bringing something unique and adding a lifestyle concept to peoples’ everyday lives. Now more than ever you see various types of art events and pop-up “happenings.” We think the sky is the limit, but as long as it stays high quality, tasteful and creative. What are the new art trends for 2014? We see a few trends becoming more and more popular, such as live art and digital art, We will see more fusion between the two. Over the past two years Art Soirée has been highly focused on live art. We were the first to showcase the largest live canvas painting at the Georgetown Waterfront during our Art Metamorphosis event in June of 2012.Twenty-seven professional artists worked on the 440-square-foot canvas in front of more than 3,000 attendees. Favorite local hangouts/restaurants/bars? With over 70 [Art Soirée] events just last year, it is really hard to go out much and spend time outside of those venues where we host our events. favorite apps? Park-Mobile is probably one of the most useful and convenient applications to date. You don’t need to carry quarters around and you can pay for parking with your phone. Art Soirée We are really proud of the app we launched which lists all of our upcoming events. Our followers can get easy access to all event information with a few simple clicks on their phone and never miss local artistic happenings. Shazam As huge fans of music, this app has definitely simplified tagging and adding songs to the playlist, wherever we are.

Adam Schop

Executive Chef, Le Diplomate

Nikki Schwab “Washington Whispers” Columnist, US News and World Report

Sheldon Scott

Ilya Shapiro

Chef/Owner, Rose’s Luxury

Adam Sharp

U.S. Congresswoman (D-Ariz.)

Head of Government and Non-Profits,Twitter

Jed Shein

General Manager, Marvin

Director of New Media, Israeli Embassy

Jana Sedlakova

Self-Help Coach/Business Development Specialist/Model

hallie sherard

Business Development, KGD Architects

Ryan Seelbach

Principal Owner, The Huxley

Muna Shikaki

Rachel Sergi

Correspondent, Al Arabiya

Beverage Director, Buffalo & Bergen

Arash Shirazi

Founder/President, Bullitt Bookings

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Corporate Attorney/Partner, Latham Watkins

Amos Snead

Principal, Story Partners

Douglas Sonders Co-founder, 8112 Studios; Photographer

Anna M. Soellner

Vice President of Corporate Communications, Motion Picture Association of America

Philip Soriano

Customer Experience Operations, Hugh and Crye

Peggy Sparks

Owner, Artist’s Proof Gallery

Ryan Sparks

Founder and CEO, Sparks Consulting

Matthew Spence

Michael Steel

Press Secretary, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Sally Steponkus Owner, Sally Steponkus Interiors

Clark Stevens

Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Matt Stoller

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy, US Department of Defense

Senior Policy Advisor, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.)

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omar stwodah

Founder, Wink

Greg Stamas

Associate, The Carlyle Group

General Manager, Criswell Maserati of Germantown

harrison suarez Co-author “Perfect Coffee at Home”; Former Lietutenant, U.SMarine Corps

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KEVINLEWIS PRESS SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (DIRECTOR OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MEDIA, WHITE HOUSE AT TIME OF PHOTO)

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE YOU ARE WORKING ON? I enjoy working on a range of policy priorities of the President, from targeted programs like Promise Zones aimed to help build stronger communities to college affordability programs that create ladders of opportunity for underserved young people and quality affordable health care for American families that have previously been denied access because of pre-existing conditions. I have the privilege of not only working for a president who is extremely dedicated to building more economic security for so many Americans, but I also get to work with an extraordinary staff who give every bit of their time to carry out that vision. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING WORLD PROBLEM TODAY? There are several, but I think that global education and literacy would be one of my top concerns. A strong education is one of the best ways to level the playing field and create a pathway to equality. FAVORITE LOCAL HANGOUTS/RESTAURANTS/BARS? Civil Cigar Bar, The Gibson, Chez Billy, Oohhs and Aahhs for comfort food, Patty Boom Boom for good reggae. WEBSITES YOU VISIT MOST? TheGrio.com, NYtimes.com, Suite Supply TONYAWILLIAMS DIRECTOR OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS, OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT, THE WHITE HOUSE

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE YOU ARE WORKING ON? Job creation. The administration continues to work on a number of legislative and executive initiatives, as well as the pursuit of public-private partnerships to create job training and employment opportunities. As the vice president has repeatedly stated, a job is about more than a paycheck. It is about dignity. It is paramount that we provide an opportunity for hardworking individuals to be productive citizens and contributing members of their communities. It is also important that we establish and maintain a living/ minimum wage that rewards hard work. MOTTO/QUOTE YOU LIVE BY? “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE? National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP)/Be The Match Registry. They accept monetary donations, but its primary purpose is to register and match patients suffering from blood cancers with unrelated donors. This program is particularly personal to me

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because my father died of leukemia when I was 18 months old, and African Americans have the lowest chance of being matched, which makes registry and donation that much more important. ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK? “Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson” by Robert A. Caro. Lyndon Johnson is one of the most fascinating and skillful politicians in U.S. history. The book showcases his keen understanding of people, Congress as an institution and the fundamentals of power, all of which he used to succeed in passing historic legislation and promoting an agenda of opportunity and equality. FAVORITE APPS? Redfin/Zillow I am mildly obsessed with D.C. real estate. Google Maps I have a horrible sense of direction. Good Enterprise allows me to connect to my work email and computer systems for the White House and the Senate on my iPhone and iPad so I don’t have to carry three or more devices.

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NICKLORIS(1) SENIOR POLICY ANALYST ON ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT, HERITAGE FOUNDATION

WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING ISSUE YOU ARE WORKING ON AND WHY SHOULD YOUNGER GENERATIONS CARE? Removing subsidies for all energy sources and technologies — thrilling, right? Younger generations should care because the more the government dictates these decisions, politicians and lobbyists will concentrate benefits to a select few and disperse the costs amongst the rest of us. The result is a higher tax bill, higher energy bills and less wealth creation. Energy markets can work if we let them.

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SHOULD THINK TANKS HAVE TO DISCLOSE THEIR DONORS? Disclosing donors is an attack on liberty, discourages giving and is a distraction from the real issues at hand. People should judge think tanks on the merits of the organization’s ideas and the quality of the work. FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE? GiveDirectly.org. They locate extremely low-income households in Kenya and Uganda and directly transfers your donation to that family so they can pursue their own goals and use the money how they see fit. FAVORITE LOCAL HANGOUTS/RESTAURANTS/BARS? Passenger, Birch & Barley, Lost Dog Café, Ray’s the Steaks, Dodge City, Brixton, Clarendon Castle, Rock & Roll Hotel. FAVORITE APPS? Spotify for my jams, Uber for my rides and WhatsApp to stay in touch with my friend living in Zimbabwe. ILYASHAPIRO(3) SENIOR FELLOW IN CONSTITUTIONAL STUDIES, CATO INSTITUTE

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SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER AND SENIOR DIGITAL ASSOCIATE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION

MOTTO/QUOTE YOU LIVE BY? “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

SHOULD YOUNGER GENERATIONS CARE? Given recent history, there’s a renewed interest in constitutional limits on federal power. As Thomas Jefferson said,“a government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.”

FAVORITE BOOK AND WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING? One of my favorite books is “American Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld, but I have many favorites. Currently, I’m reading “Jesus>Religion” by Jefferson Bethke.

FAVORITE BOOK AND WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING? Favorite book: Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms”; currently reading: Mark Leibovich’s “This Town”

FAVORITE LOCAL HANGOUTS/RESTAURANTS/BARS? The Light Horse, Fado, Oyamel, Rustico

FAVORITE LOCAL HANGOUTS/RESTAURANTS/BARS? Old Dominion Brewhouse, The Hamilton, Al Crostino, Hill Country. Obviously, I like variety.

WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING ISSUE YOU ARE WORKING ON AND WHY SHOULD YOUNGER GENERATIONS CARE? The national debt. It’s at $17 trillion and climbing — kind of important. The younger generation can’t afford NOT to care; this is their future.

WEBSITES YOU READ DAILY? Bloglovin (for all my favorite reads), Slate, Mashable

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La Celia A. Prince Ambassador, Embassy of St. Vincent & the Grenadines

What is the biggest issue facing your country? Dealing with the effects of climate change and the impact on small countries such as mine is an added burden threatening our development and stretching our scarce resources. your favorite vacation spots in your country that travelers shouldn’t miss? St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is a multi-island state of 32 small islands and cays, nine of which are inhabited.We are the complete package, with mainland St.Vincent being verdant, rugged and mountainous, so it is great for hikes to the volcano and several water falls. The topography of the Grenadine islands is different in that they are less mountainous.That is where you find some of the world’s best waters to sail, snorkel or scuba dive. Even though I am from mainland St. Vincent, my favourite place is Bequia, a completely unspoilt, naturally beautiful island. If there is paradise on earth, it would be Bequia. Incidentally, outgoing Chief of Protocol Capricia Marshall visited there two years ago; I helped her plan the trip and she was sold! But travelers to SVG must also not miss the opportunity to tour Mustique and the Tobago Cays. motto/quote you live by? One of my favourite quotes comes from a writer whose work helped me build a greater self-awareness and spirituality. My motto is “I am fully aware that I have to die.That’s why I do not invest to accumulate riches; I invest in life itself…..Only when we have full consciousness of the fact that we die do we feel 100 percent alive.” — Paulo Coelho from “Confessions of a Pilgrim.” favorite book And what are you currently reading? The literary world is too rich for me to confine myself to one book as a favourite. I have been riveted by “The Constant Gardener,” spiritually enlightened by “The Pilgrimage,” deeply moved by “Half of a Yellow Sun,” cautioned by “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and “Le Petit Prince” and educated by “Guns, Germs and Steel.” My aim is to be constantly reading books of different subject matters. favorite charity/cause? I do not have a favourite charity, but some of the issues that make quite an impression on me are homelessness and hunger. It is sometimes difficult to fathom that in a country such as the United States, and more particularly a wealthy city such as Washington, D.C., that there are so many people that are homeless and hungry. I volunteer at D.C. Central Kitchen Jesse Suskin

Global Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Google

Brian Sykora

Co-founder of Pleasant Pops

david tafuri

Partner, Patton Boggs

Karin Tanabe

Novelist, “The List” and “The Price of Inheritance”

Katherine Tarbox Writer

Neisha Taylor

Director of Business Development, The Webster Group

Steve Taylor

Principal Software Engineer, Invincea Inc.

Holly Thomas

D.C. Editor, Refinery29

Shaunna Thomas Co-founder, UltraViolet

Aureta Thomollari

President, D&A Luxury Consulting

Austin Thompson

Millennial Coordinator, SEIU

Erin Thornton

Global Policy Director, ONE

Nicole Tichon

Executive Director, Tax Justice Network USA

Emily Tisch sussman

Campaign Director, Center for American Progress

jessy tolkan

Chris Vieson

Deputy Director of Floor Operations, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)

Mark Vlasic

Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown

Rachel Vogelstein

Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations; Director of Women and Girls Programs in the Office of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Clinton Foundation

Pranav Vora

Founder/CEO, Hugh and Crye

Jon Ward

Omar Woodard

Senior Political Reporter, Huffington Post

Principal,Venture Philanthropy Partners

Becca Glover Watkins Deputy Press Secretary, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)

William “Pepper” Watkins

Management Consultant, Accenture

Jessica Wright Director of Scheduling, The White House

nyree wright Senior Vice President, MSL Group

katarina Weir

Executive Director,YOA Orchestra of the Americas

Patty Wu International Policy Consultant Director, C&M International

Hilary Wething

Senior Research Assistant, EPI

Stephanie Young

Christina Wilkie

National Press Secretary, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)

Director, Campaign for Global Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Figure Skater, US Olympic Team 2014

Ashley Wagner

Reporter, Huffington Post

Elliot Totah

John Wall

Senior Assistant to Dr. Jill Biden, The White House

USA Director, B’Tselem

Erica Williams

Ryan Zimmerman

President, The Oxbridge Group

Point Guard, The Washington Wizards

Lisa Bright Villacis

Amelia Wang

Attorney, Military Officers Association of America; State Director, Military Spouse JD Network

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Uri Zaki

Chief of Staff, Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.)

Social Impact Strategist, Speaker/ CEO, EWS Strategies

Jake Ward

David Williamson

Executive Director, App Developers Alliance

Third Baseman, Washington Nationals

Ivory Zorich Special Events Director, Motion Picture Association of America

Financial Analyst/Editor, The Motley Fool

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From the February 2014 issue of Washington Life Magazine

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