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hey may be under 40, but they’re building buildings, opening restaurants, trying cases, winning games, running for office, exposing sexual harassment, fighting the President’s claims of “fake news” and launching businesses to change the future. Our 2018 Young & the Guest List is a true cross-section of young people re-imagining Washington, including those who are revitalizing neighborhoods, uncovering misdeeds, keeping Jamal Abdi Executive Director, National Iranian American Council Justin Amash U.S. Congressman (R-Mich.) stephanos andreou Owner, Sakerum and Barcode ashley arias Senior Account Executive, TAA Public Relations liz ash Principal, Liz Ash LLC sarah asterbadi Marketing and Events Associate,Veluxe lawrence “naturel” atoigue Artist cameron austin Advertising Associate, Compass

us informed and keeping us entertained. And their impact doesn’t stop at city borders. “D.C. is one of the only places I know with less than three quarters of a million residents but a far larger impact globally,” says tech entrepreneur Trever Faden. “Simply by living here, you’re able to meet the most incredible people, across industries, who are passing through the city because of its significance. Your ability to be a big fish in a small pond is better here than anywhere else I know.” Big fish. Incredible people. We think that sums up our list. >>

Lucas Baiano Political filmmaker

rebecca berg Political Reporter, CNN

christopher Boutlier Interior Designer

meredith balenske Vice President of Communications, Revolution LLC

Carmen Berkley Managing Director, Organizing and Electoral Campaigns, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Madison bowey Defenseman, Washington Capitals

Vinoda Basnayake Chairman, D.C. Government Relations Practice, Nelson Mullins Principal,Versus Equity bradley beal Shooting Guard, Washington Wizards ashley patterson beaty Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy, Ameresco sara beckstead Communications Manager, EDENS

Jaime Herrera Beutler U.S. Congresswoman (R-Wash.) Bradley Beychok President, Media Matters for America dj biks DJ and entertainment meg biram Blogger, danny boice Founder and CEO, Trustify hakim bouAnane Susan Gage Catering

sara azani Blogger, Style MBA

austin belali Director,Youth Engagement Fund, Democracy Alliance

mikayla Bouchard Senior Staff Editor, The New York Times

Carla Babb Pentagon Correspondent, Voice of America

dan berger Founder and CEO, Social Tables

timothy bouley, m.d. Global Health and Environment Specialist, The World Bank


Quinn Bradlee Founder and CEO, Marjorie meek bradley Chef and Owner, Smoked & Stacked Saweda Bright, m.d. Physician, Inova Clara Brillembourg Partner, Foley Hoag LLP brooke Brogan Founder, Brooke Brogan Public Relations Fritz Brogan Managing Partner, The Mission Group; MaverickPAC National Co-Chair Ashley Taylor Bronczek Co-Founder, Secretly Gifting

Matthew Bronczek Managing Partner, Federal Building Group and Federal Home, LLC Pamela Brown Justice Correspondent, CNN erik bruner-yang Chef and Owner, Maketto and Brothers and Sisters Brendan buck Chief Communications Advisor, House Speaker Paul Ryan Evan Burfield Co-Founder, 1776 LaRhonda Burley Senior Manager, Partner Services, NFL Players Association Alma caballero Latin America Policy Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP david cabrera Owner, Suns Cinema john carlson Defenseman, Washington Capitals

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KEVINTURPIN President, National Journal Group A protégé of David Bradley, Turpin, 34, has helped resurrect the National Journal, transforming it into a must-read for government affairs professionals and finding new revenue lines for the business after it ceased print publication in 2015. Last year, he surpassed the company’s profit goal by 146 percent and watched proudly as his editorial team broke news, including an early report by political writer Josh Kraushaar that Democratic candidate Doug Jones had a strong chance of beating Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race. WA S H I N G T O N L I F E

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ABBYPHILLIP White House Correspondent, CNN Phillip, 29, had always envisioned herself a doctor, but two years into a pre-med program at Harvard University she decided she “hated being in labs and loved interviewing people,” so she began writing for the student newspaper and the rest is history. The political reporter joined the CNN White House team in 2017, after three years at the Washington Post. Before leaving the Post she helped pen a story on the White House’s slow response to Hurricane Maria. “I think it helped to refocus the Trump administration on needing to do more for Puerto Rico,” she says.

MARKSCIALLA Reporter and Producer, PBS NewsHour On his first field assignment for NewsHour, Scialla, 30, covered the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline. He was also on the ground during the deadly Charlottesville protests against a white supremacist march at the University of Virginia. “It was total chaos and exposed the sometimes violent nature of the divisions in this country,” he says. 29

YGL GREGORYCENDANA Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO

“Stay humble, do your best, have thick skin and don’t Google yourself.”

FRANCESCACHAMBERS White House Correspondent, Daily Mail PETERCHANG Co-Founder, No Kings Collective

— Sheena Parveen on advice she would give to an up-and-comer in her field

KEOCHEA Deputy Assistant Director of Community Affairs, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau AGGIECHIN Executive Pastry Chef, Mirabelle ELBRIDGECOLBY Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security MARYBETHCOLEMAN Vice President of Customer Success, Cortex Building Intelligence ERINCOMO Traffic Anchor/Reporter, Fox5 WILLCOMPTON Inside Linebacker, Washington Redskins JOHNCONLEY Acquisitions Manager, Ditto Residential MELISSACOOK Director, Global Partnerships, EverFi RACHELCOTHRAN Senior Content Strategist, HZDG MARTINDITTO Founder and CEO, DITTO Residential Through his urban design and real estate development company, Ditto, 39, has overseen numerous cutting edge projects across the city. His key to success: “Focus on building a work life where you are surrounded by healthy and compassionate people... and position yourself in a way that your day-to-day tasks and responsibilities are personally fulfilling.”

JORDANCOTTON Co-Founder, Cotton & Reed Distillery

SHEENAPARVEEN Metereorologist, NBC4 Parveen, 31, had previous stints in Tampa and Philadelphia before settling in Washington. In addition to her daily weather duties, she does a weekly feature on adoptable pets from local shelters.

LAURENCULBERTSON Public Policy Manager, Twitter CARLOSCURBELO U.S. Congressman (R-Fla.) HEATHERDARAZS Creative Services Manager, CBS Corporation ASHLEYDARBY Owner, Oz Restaurant; Cast Member, “The Real Housewives of Potomac” MICHAELDARNER Executive Director, Congressional Progressive Caucus

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WALTERLCRONKITE IV Capitol Hill Producer, CBS News


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CANDACEOURISMANANDASHLEYTAYLORBRONCZEK Founders, Secretly Gifting Through their personal gift giving concierge service, best friends Ourisman and Bronczek, both 35, provide gift options to individual and corporate clients and then order, wrap and deliver them. “Essentially, we do all of the work and our clients get all of the accolades,” Ourisman explains. The duo has also been named D.C.’s “Queen Bees” by Bumble, the online dating and networking service. It’s a task that entails curating events that create a buzz.

VINODABASNAYAKE Chairman, D.C. Government Relations Practice, Nelson Mullins Principal, Versus Equity In addition to HEIST and the newly opened Morris American Bar, Washington can expect three more projects out of Basnayake’s hospitality venture this year: a second location of Karma by Erwin Gomez in Potomac, a second cocktail bar with David Strauss in the West End and a jumbo slice pizza spot in Dupont. On balancing two demanding jobs with his personal life, the 36-yearold says: “I actually love what I do, so my work and life are pretty seamless.”

CHRISTHOMPSON Running Back, Washington Redskins After a season-ending knee injury, Thompson, 27, is ready to get back in the game. His goal for the upcoming year is to “inspire others on and off the field. Make a difference in others’ lives and be the best man and NFL athlete that I can possibly be.”

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jade floyd Vice President of Communications, Case Foundation and Revolution At Jean and Steve Case’s family foundation, which invests in digital pioneers, Floyd, 36, spends her days cultivating thought leadership opportunities, speaking engagements and media coverage for the organization and the businesses and programs it funds.

Anastasia Dellaccio Director, Global Community and Career Engagement, Creator Awards and Public Affairs at WeWork Jennifer DeSimone, m.d. Dermatologist, Inova Medical Group tara dijulio Senior Manager, Global Public Affairs, GE jessica ditto Deputy Director of Communications, The White House

jade floyd Vice President of Communications, Case Foundation and Revolution ashley forrester Corporate Director, Communications and Marketing, EventsDC desirée venn frederic Social Influencer mike friedman Chef and Owner, The Red Hen and All Purpose

Martin Ditto CEO, Ditto Residential Christian Djoos Defenseman, Washington Capitals Matthew dornic Vice President of Communications, CNN Michael Dove Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Forum Theatre amelia draper Meteorologist, NBC4 lauren dunne Co-Founder,Varnish Lane

glenda fu Executive Director, Dreams for Kids morgan fykes Director of Strategic Engagement, We the People DC Tulsi Gabbard U.S. Congresswoman (D-Hawaii) jocelyn gailliot Co-Founder, Tuckernuck ruben gallego U.S. Congressman (D-Ariz.)

devin dwyer Correspondent, ABC News

Jennifer Paquette Galloway President, Wolcott Hill Group LLC

Kieren emery Women’s Rowing Coach, Georgetown University

alex gangitano “Heard on the Hill” Reporter, Roll Call

Greg Engert Beer Director, Neighborhood Restaurant Group

allen gannett Founder and CEO,TrackMaven Matthew Gardiner Associate Artistic Director, Signature Theatre

trever faden Founder, Atlas Lane

Anastasia dellaccio Director, Global Community and Career Engagement, Creator Awards and Public Affairs, WeWork Through WeWork’s Creator Awards, Dellaccio, 36, has helped award millions to visionary entrepreneurs all over the globe. She also helps oversee Dolci Gelati, her family’s gelato business.

Meredith Fineman CEO, FinePoint

david fahrenthold Reporter, The Washington Post

Tyrone Gayle Press Secretary, Office of Sen. Kamala Harris

John Falcicchio Chief of Staff, Mayor Muriel Bowser

dayna geldwert Politics and Government Outreach, Instagram

Jennifer feldmanBrillembourg, m.d. Anesthesiologist

josh genderson President, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill

Angie fetherston CEO, Drink Company

Morgan Greenhouse genderson Founder and Managing Partner,Verdehouse

j.p. fetherston Beverage Director, Columbia Room Heather louise finch Founder and CEO, HLF, LLC

Hogan Gidley Deputy Press Secretary, The White House

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ALEXISWILLIAMS Vice President, POLITICO Live Williams, 31, oversees and leads the expansion of the organization’s “Women Rule” initiative, which is aimed at “informing, empowering and connecting women” through female-focused podcasts, weekly newsletters and networking events. She also works to grow the Playbook franchise globally.

ANNAPALMER Co-Author, POLITICO Playbook In addition to rising in the early morning hours to co-write Washington’s daily must-read newsletter and moderating innumerable newsmaker panels during the day, last year Palmer, 35, helped launch the Playbook University event series with the goal of targeting a younger audience.

“We start work a little before 4 A.M. putting together Playbook, record the Playbook audio briefing and then do it all over again for the P.M. edition five days a week. — Anna Palmer on what her typical day at POLITICO looks like

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LISAGILBERT Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Public Citizen MARKGILLESPIE General Manager and Creative Director, YOA Orchestra of the Americas SEANGLASS Chairman and CEO, Advantia Health SHANAGLENZER Chief Marketing Officer, Crowdskout AUTRIAGODFREY Anchor and Reporter, ABC7 News ANGIEGOFF Anchor/Reporter, NBC4 DIEGOGONZALEZZUNIGA Blogger, Diego Downtown GIOGONZALEZ Pitcher,Washington Nationals MARCUSGOODWIN Acquisitions Associate, Four Points SARAHGORDON Founder, Gordy’s Pickle Jar MARCINGORTAT Center, Washington Wizards NEILGRACE Senior Communications Advisor, Federal Communications Commission RICHARDGRAVES Co-Founder, CleanChoice Energy YUDUGRAY JR CEO, House Studios CHLOÉGRAY-LECOZ Area Director Marketing, Northeast Region at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. MADELINEGRAYSON Co-Founder, Tuckernuck SCOTTGREENBERG Marketing Director, Nonprofit and Arts & Entertainment, Sage Communications


RACHELGRINNEY Co-founder,Wylie Grey JESSICAGROUNDS Co-founder, Mind the Gap CARLOS GUTIERREZJR Founder and CEO, Highline Point Group, LLC ERIKAGUTIERREZ Regional PR Lead, Compass Real Estate MICHAELHAFT Co-Founder, Compass Coffee DANNIAHAKKI Co-founder and Principal, MoKi Media MAHAHAKKI Partner, MoKi Media BLAKEHALL Founder and CEO, BILLHAMID Goalkeeper, D.C. United KATHLEENKIERNAN HARNDEN MD Assistant Director, Inova Breast Medical Oncology Program BRYCEHARPER Outfielder,Washington Nationals ERICHEIDENBERGER Managing Partner, Madhatter, Front Page, Shaw’s Tavern and 801 Restaurant & Bar and Epic Yoga EMILYHEIL “Reliable Source” Columnist, The Washington Post KYLEHENDRICK Founder, Arab Angel Fund AUDREYHENSON Founder, College to Congress JUSTINHERMAN Emerging Citizen Technology Lead, General Services Administration

HOPEHICKS Director of Strategic Communications, The White House BRANDONHILL Co-Founder, No Kings Collective SONDRAHOFFMAN Head Booker, T.H.E. Artist Agency DEVINLEEHOFFMAN Director of Brand Experience, HEIST DC MISTYHOLBERT Lead Associate for Media Relations, Booz Allen Hamilton FITZHOLLADAY Director, Sofar Sounds DC KRISTENHOLMES National Correspondent, CNN News Source RACHELHOLT Regional General Manager for U.S. and Canada, Uber Inc. BRADENHOLTBY Goalie, Washington Capitals FRANCESHOLUBA Founder, Chief Social Architects ROGERHOROWITZ Co-Founder, Pleasant Pops KERRAMICHELE HUERTA Blogger, Apartment Envy RICHARDHUDOCK Senior Public Relations Manager, CNN MARYANNE HUNTSMAN Concert Pianist JACKINSLEE Executive Producer, Full Service Radio ELAHEIZADI Reporter, The Washington Post HALLIEJACKSON White House Correspondent, NBC News

JUVENJACOB Assistant to the President, The Kennedy Center LAURAJARRETT Reporter, CNN ADORAANDYJENKINS Vice President of Communications and Engagement, 2U BRADJENKINS Managing Director and Executive Producer, Funny or Die

SIMKHAN Attorney and Founder, Brimble & Clark Custom Clothiers SUZANNEKIANPOUR Capitol Hill and Foreign Affairs Producer, BBC News RYANKIBLER Creative Director, Foreign National REPRUBENKIHUEN U.S. Congressman (D-Nevada)

ALEXAJOHNSON Co-owner, Ella-Rue ANDRA‘AJ’JOHNSON General Manager and Beverage Director, Macon Bistro & Larder and Magnolia Room BRIANJOHNSON Director of Federal Relations, API KRISTAJOHNSON Co-owner, Ella-Rue JOSHUAJOHNSON Host, WAMU’s “1A”

DAMONKING Creative/Brand Coordinator, the LINE Hotel DC; Community Engagement Strategist, A Creative DC CAROLYN AMIRPASHAIEKING Chief of Staff, Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-01) JULIEKOHLER Senior Vice President, The Democracy Alliance AJAYKORI Co-Founder, UrbanStems DANIELKRAMER Managing Partner, Duke’s Grocery and Duke’s Counter

MAURAJUDKIS Reporter, The Washington Post NICHOLASKARNAZE Founder, stubble & ‘stache BETHANYKAZABA Co-Founder, Neighborhood Retail Group CHRYSKEFALAS Vice President of Brand Strategy, National Association of Manufacturers

JACKIEKUCINICH Washington Bureau Chief, The Daily Beast JUDYKURTZ “In the Know” Columnist, The Hill JAREDKUSHNER Senior Advisor to President

BRIANNAKEILAR Senior Political Correspondent, CNN CARAKELLY Entertainment Editor, USA Today JOSEPHPKENNEDYIII U.S. Congressman (D-Mass.) RYANKERRIGAN Linebacker,Washington Redskins

BRADLACKEY Senior Vice President, Tiedemann Wealth Management JEREMIAH LANGHORNE Chef and Owner, The Dabney MICHAELLAROSA Director of Communications, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


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“Creatives here want to see their peers win and take personal stakes in each other’s success.” — Damon King on Washington’s creative community

ANAISLAURENT Social Media Specialist, Design Army The Howard University graduate, 25, is a social media strategist, event curator and stylist. On the local creative community: “Although, DC’s identity has long been defined as ‘the seat of power,’ I believe that this creative force is carving out a permanent space for a thriving and profitable creative economy. This is truly an amazing time to contribute and be at the forefront of this paradigm shift.”

MARISSARUBENSTEIN Experiential Marketing Producer, Brightest Young Things At BYT, Rubenstein, 27, who started there as an intern, is behind some of the city’s most innovative events including BYT museum after hours, DC’s largest comedy festival Bentzen Ball, and photography festival FotoWeekDC. FUN FACT: Rubenstein was a bad student. “I was always writing stories in my head and dreaming up other worlds,” she explains. “It’s pretty cool that I get to make those worlds come to life through our events now.”

RYANKIBLER Creative Director, Foreign National Erik Bruner-Yang poached Kibler, 32, from New York to work on his Foreign National brand locally. Kibler describes his style as “elegant but rough around the edges, portraying a balance of upscale aspiration and ear-to-the-streets wisdom.”

DAMONKING Creative/ brand Coordinator at the LINE Hotel DC A self-proclaimed “creative dreamer and doer at the intersection of arts/ design, fashion and business.” King, 24, also works on community engagement for ACreativeDC.

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VICTORNGUYEN-LONG Freelance Creative Strategist ADAMJOSEPH LORENZETTI MD Physician, Inova KELLYLOVE Senior Assistant Press Secretary, The White House

“Write down your goals. Confide in others. Seek help when needed. Listen more than you speak. You don’t have to know it all.” - Shizu Okusa

WESLEYLOWERY National Reporter, The Washington Post DEREKLUYTEN Region Director of the Asia Division, International Republican Institute KATHRYNLYONS Managing Editor, Famous DC BROOKLYNMACK Dancer, Washington Ballet CHASEMAGGIANO Executive Director, The Washington Chorus ANNEMAHLUM Founder and CEO, Solidcore HEATHERMAHONEY Founder, Haute Haus Agency VIOLETTAMARKELOU Photographer and Makeup Artist CAMPBELLMARSHALL Vice President, International Market Development and Public Policy, Omnispace ANNAMASON Partner, Revolution’s Rise the Rest JACLYNMASON Realtor, Jack Realty BRIANMAST U.S. Congressman, (R-Florida)

JAKUBVRANA Forward, Washington Capitals The now-21 year old from Prague was a first-round draft pick in 2014. He made his NHL debut in December 2016, notching his first career assist.

MADISONBOWEY Defenseman, Washington Capitals The 22-year-old Canadian made his NHL debut this past October after being recruited by the Caps in 2014. In 2015, he helped Canada win a gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championships.

CHRISTIANDJOOS Defenseman, Washington Capitals The Gothenburg, Sweden, native, 23, also made his NHL debut in October, during which he scored a goal and recorded an assist..

JOHNMCCARTHY Chief of Staff, Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) KEVINMCCARTHY Entertainment Reporter, FOX 5 AMANDAMCCLEMENTS Owner, Salt & Sundry JOHNMCCONNELL MD Physician, Inova

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MICHAELLASTORIA Co-Founder, &pizza

CAROLLEE Political Reporter, NBC News


ANAISLAURENT Social Media Specialist Design Army

SVETLANALEGETIC Co-Founder, Brightest Young Things

ZACHLEONSIS Vice President and General Manager, Monumental Network, Monumental


ALEXMCCOY Chef and Owner, Lucky Buns Sports and Entertainment

DANIELLIPPMAN Reporter and Co-Author of Politico Playbook, Politico KIRSTENLODAL Co-Founder and


TOMMYMCFLY Morning Show Host, 94.7 Fresh FM, CBS Radio ERINMCPIKE White House Correspondent, IJR

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“It is literally up to us [restaurant owners] to not only set a good example for our employees, but also to be supportive, understanding and to listen and believe. We have to be proactive and retroactive.” - Carlie Steiner reacting to a growing number of reports about sexual harassment in the restaurant industry

CARLIESTEINER Co-Owner and Beverage Director, Himitsu The 26-year-old received national attention when the cozy and creative Himitsu in Petworth, which she co-owns with chef Kevin Tien, was named one of the country’s best new restaurants by Bon Appetit. She was consequently named to Forbes’ and Zagat’s 2017 30 under 30 lists. “I am motivated by creating unforgettable experiences for my guests,” she says.

MIKEFRIEDMAN Chef and Owner, The Red Hen and All-Purpose Pizzeria The New Jersey native, 36, has helped transform the Bloomingdale and Shaw neighborhoods with his Italian restaurants and their acclaimed offerings, like ‘nduja pizza and ‘cacio e pepe.’ Advice to young chefs: “Listen to your clientele. So many restaurants open and don’t tap into the heartbeat of their surrounding community or the people they are serving.”

MAURAJUDKIS Reporter, the Washington Post Over the past year, her articles have ranged from a satire on lady-friendly Doritos to a front page piece on sexual harassment in restaurants. Outside of work you might find Judkis, 32, cross-stitching with friends, which she calls “a good way to stay off Twitter.”

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“Being a fierce advocate – for myself, my team, and my clients – does not always mean raising your voice or being aggressive. Sometimes conveying a sense of calm, being unflappable, even smiling, can send the message that you are not going to cave.” — Reem Sadik on workplace diplomacy

JENNIFERMELLON Co-Founder and President, Trustify

DJNEEKOLA DJ and Producer, Neekola Entertainmentt

SPIKEMENDELSOHN Chef and Restaurateur, Good Stuff Eatery and We, the Pizza

PAULNITZE Assistant Regional Counsel, Social Security Administration

HEATHERSHAWMENIS Principal, Fifth and Main PR

ELIZABETHNORTH President, Curiosity Stream

FLAVIUSMIHAIES Journalist and Consultant, The World Bank

OLIVIANUZZI Washington Correspondent, New York Magazine

ALEXMILLS Actor, SyneticTheater

SHIZUOKUSA Co-Founder, JRINK Juicery

JENNIFERMISHORY Senior Fellow/Senior Policy Advisor, The Century Foundation

STEVENOLIKARA Co-Founder and President, Millennial Action Project

RYANHUNTERMITCHELL Owner, Suns Cinema SUJATAMITRA Head of Communications, Al-Monitor NAVROOPMITTER CEO, ArmorText HAMDULLAHMOHIB Afghan Ambassador to the United States MICHAELMONROE Chief of Staff, North America’s Building Trades Unions JESSICAMOORE Director of Government Relations,Walt Disney Company EVANMORGAN Partner, Revolution Growth

REEMSADIK Associate, Special Matters & Investigations, King & Spalding Sadik, 31, is an attorney who advises and defends companies and senior executives in white collar matters, including: international and domestic bribery and fraud cases, healthcare criminal and civil investigations, Congressional investigations and whistleblower cases.

ALMACABALLERO Latin American Policy Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP Working closely with the firm’s legal practices, Caballero, 31, provide clients with “strategic advice on how to navigate the complexities of government affairs and public policy globally.” Issues range from international arbitrations to white collar criminal investigations. Caballero was born and raised along the US-Mexico border in Mexicali.

MICHAELMORONEY Managing Supervisor, FleishmanHillard CORISUEMORRIS Principal, Citrus Media SETHMOULTON U.S. Congressman (D-Mass.) ASHLEYMURPHY Dancer, Washington Ballet REPSTEPHANIE MURPHY U.S. Congresswoman (D-Florida)


TJOSHIE Right Wing, Washington Capitals CANDACEOURISMAN Co-Founder, Secretly Gifting CHRISOURISMAN President, Ourisman Automotives ALEXOVECHKIN Left Wing and Captain, The Washington Capitals ANNAPALMER Co-Author, Politico Playbook TARAPALMERI White House Correspondent, ABC News MONICAPAMPELL Founder, Pentafit; Personal Trainer HOLLYPAN Fashion Blogger, Petite Flower Presents NICKPAPADOPOULOS Retail Leasing, Papadopoulos Properties

JOHNPARKINSON White House & Congressional Reporter/ Producer, ABC News

RHANANATOUR Reporter/Producer, PBS NewsHour RAFAELNÁVAR National Political Director, Communications Workers of America


FIGO’REILLY Datanaut and Systems Engineer, NASA

ALIPARDO Communications Director, U.S. House of Representatives

SARAMURRAY Correspondent, CNN

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MAGGIEO’NEILL Artist; Owner, Swatchroom

SCOTTPARKINSON Executive Director, Republican Study Committee SHEENAPARVEEN Meteorologist, NBC4

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 ALANPAUL Associate Artistic Director, Shakespeare Theatre ANGELAPEOPLES Director, GetEQUAL OLIVIAPEREZ-CUBAS Press Secretary, Office of Sen. Marco Rubio OLIVIAPETERSEN Senior Director of Communications, NBC News ALEXANDRAPETRI Columnist, The Washington Post ABBYPHILLIP White House Correspondent, CNN

NIKKISCHWAB U.S. Political Reporter, Daily Mail Online The veteran political reporter, 34, was assigned to the White House beat in 2017, where she’s attended press briefings, filed pool reports and has been alongside the first lady at pivotal moments, including her telling the world she wanted to spend the holidays on a “deserted island.” After Roy Moore refused to concede in the Alabama Senate race, Schwab was the first reporter to track him down for comment. How she became a reporter? “My parents were both journalists so they, clearly, wanted me to be a lawyer.”

TODPLOTKIN Principal, Green Buzz Agency SARAPOLON Founder, Soupergirl MICHAELPOPE Reporter ,Virginia Public Radio OTTOPORTER Small Forward, Washington Wizards DREWPORTERFIELD Director and Curator, Long View Gallery LAURENPRATAPAS Director of Communications, CNN MICHAELAPRATT President, Mentor Foundation ROSEPREVITE Owner, Compass Rose and Maydan NEDPRICE National Security Analyst LACELIAPRINCE Ambassador of St.Vincent and the Grenadines

MARCUSGOODWIN Acquisitions Associate, Four Points and City Council candidate Goodwin is currently putting together his campaign to run for City Council. The D.C. native wants to work on behalf of his neighbors on affordable housing initiatives. As the fifth of eight children, Goodwin, 28, learned how to be a “bridge builder,” explaining “I always step in to find and create peace amongst people with different perspectives.”

ALLISONKAMINSKY PUTALA Principal, Kaminsky Putala YASMINRADBOD Founder, Femme Fatale ANDREWRAFFERTY Political Reporter, NBC News MANURAJU Senior Political Reporter, CNN RYANRATINO Chef and Owner, Bresca JORDANREED Tight End,Washington Redskins


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YGL ashley forrester Corporate Director of Communications and Marketing, Events DC In her role at the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, Forrester, 34, is at the forefront of two of the city’s major “game-changing” development initiatives: the Entertainment & Sports Arena and the 190-acre RFK Campus project. She’s also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in their Public Relations and Corporate Communications Masters Program.

anthony rendon Third Baseman, Washington Nationals

samantha sault Vice President, U.S. Fashion Industry Association

Steve Ressler President and Founder, GovLoop

kyle Schmitz President & Chief Creative Officer, KONNECTED Media Group

helena RICHARDSON Director of the Young Leaders Program, Heritage Foundation lindley thornburg RICHARDSON Public Relations Consultant, Heather Freeman Media & Public Relations jen richer Cohost & Executive Producer, “Tommy Morning Show,” CBS Radio/ WIAD september rinnier Co-Founder, Tuckernuck dan roberge Dancer, Washington Ballet Joseph E. Robert III Board of Directors, Fight for Children Josh rogin Columnist, Washington Post ali Rogin Producer and Reporter, ABC News

hunter schwarz Politics Reporter, CNN Ryan Seelbach Founder and CEO, Seelbach Entertainment Group prince christian selassie Filmmaker prince Rufael selassie Writer Raj shah Principal Deputy Press Secretary, The White House

sultan shakir Executive Director, SMYAL

sofia royce Public Relations Manager, BrandLinkDC

Katie Shannon Business Development Director, Union3 Events

rob rubba Chef, Hazel

jeff sheely Co-Founder, UrbanStems

Marissa Rubenstein Events and Experiential Marketing Producer, Brightest Young Things

jake sherman Co-Author, Politico Playbook

cita sadeli Muralist reem sadik Associate, King & Spalding steve salis Real Estate Entrepreneur; Owner, Kramerbooks and Ted’s Bulletin sarah sanders Press Secretary, The White House

stuart siciliano Partner, Hamilton Place Strategies hafsa siddiqi Senior Account Executive, MoKi Media

Alex skatell Founder and CEO, IJ Review

Jayne Sandman Principal, BrandLinkDC

farrah skeiky Photographer and Media Strategist, Dim Sum Media

Michael Sapienza CEO, Colorectal Cancer Alliance


Muna Shikaki Correspondent, Al-Arabiya

Aaron Silverman Chef and Owner, Rose’s Luxury and Pineapples & Pearls

Moira Bagley Smith Communications Consultant

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mark scialla Reporter and Producer, National Affairs, PBS NewsHour

Rina shah Principal and Founder, Rilax Strategies

ryan ross Program Director, Halcyon Incubator

kathryn lyons Managing Editor, FamousDC FamousDC, an online magazine of sorts that creates both written and video content about the people and things that make Washington special, has been earning more followers thanks to Lyons, 29, and her quirky sense of humor. She lists her professional highlights as national TV appearances (she’s a regular on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight), emceeing a Congressional brew competition and moderating FamousDC luncheons on Capitol Hill. FUN FACT: Spanish was her first language (her mother is from Cuba).

Nikki Schwab U.S. Political Reporter, Daily Mail

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JOHNMCCARTHY Chief of Staff, Rep. Brendan Boyle After having worked for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, McCarthy is back on the Hill doing what he does best, “bringing people together, matching policies with coalitions to support them, and matching people with opportunities,” he explains. FUN FACT: He played piano at the wedding of JWOWW from “Jersey Shore.”

LAURENDUNNE Owner, Varnish Lane By using only natural products, Dunne’s nail salon is an antidote to chemical-heavy parlors. A second location of the successful brand is opening early summer in the West End neighborhood.

LAURENPRATAPAS Senior Director of Communications, CNN Pratapas, 32, manages communication and press outreach for the CNN Washington Bureau as well as for network’s political coverage, debates and town halls. “One of the most important experiences of the past year was being a part of the team that organized a town hall with the students and families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,” she says.

“The most fun and rewarding part of this job is seeing someone leave Varnish Lane completely relaxed and rejuvenated. In this crazy world, it feels really good to be able to bring someone a moment of peace.” - Lauren Dunne on the best part of her job_

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“There is no substitute for hard work. Figure out your destination and be ready to take the stairs. It’s called a climb for a reason. ” ­— LaRhonda Burley

Amos Snead Founder and Partner, Bryant Row LLC kristen soltis anderson Co-Founder, Echelon Insights philip soriano Co-Founder, Hugh & Crye peggy sparks Owner, Artist’s Proof Gallery Anna spiegel Food Writer, Washingtonian Rep. elise stefanik U.S. Congresswoman (R-New York) Sam Stein Political Reporter, The Daily Beast carlie Steiner Co-Owner and Beverage Director, Himitsu frederique stephanie Owner, The Pop Up House eli stokols Political Reporter, Wall Street Journal stephen strasburg Pitcher, Washington Nationals ashlee strong Press Secretary, Office of House Speaker Paul Ryan Harrison Suarez Co-Founder, Compass Coffee Jesse Suskin Manager, Government Relations and Public Policy, Google Emily Tisch Sussman Director of Campaigns, Center for American Progress eric swalwell U.S. Representative (D-Calif.) daniel swartz Photographer martin swift Artist

larhonda burley Senior Manager, Partner Services, NFL Players Association As the first in her family to go to college, Burley, 35, prides herself on being a gogetter. She worked under Sheila Johnson. whom she counts as a role model and mentor, at Monumental Sports and recently left a position at the Washington Redskins to join the National Football League. What is it like to work in a male-dominated industry? “It’s far more effective to focus on being as valuable as possible to an organization rather than being distracted by perceived obstacles,” Burley says.

alex gangitano “Heard on the Hill” reporter, Roll Call The Villanova grad, 26, covers the lighter side of Capitol Hill, focusing on personal stories and culture. Outside of work she founded a non-profit to honor a friend she lost to cancer. The Kerri Holbrook Foundation provides financial assistance to help young people with the disease. The most important trait for a young reporter? “Confidence,” she says. “It takes a lot of willingness to put yourself out there and approach stories with poise and determination.”

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Alexandra tallulah Blogger, “In My Bowl” Karin Tanabe Novelist kayla tausche Washington Correspondent, CNBC rep. Scott taylor U.S. Congressman (R-Virginia)

Stephanie Taylor Co-Founder, Progressive Change Campaign Committee Steve Taylor Principal Software Engineer, Sophos kevin tien Chef and Co-Owner, Himitsu vicky theodorou Founder, Heirloom Catering Shaunna Thomas Co-Founder,

“Work on finding problems, not solutions. It can be easy to come up with some ideal product, but it is easier to work on a big, painful problem and build a solution from there.”


— Allen Gannett’s advice to budding entrepreneurs

Shawna thomas Washington Bureau Chief,Vice News arienne thompson Director of Public Relations, MoKi Media chris thompson Running Back, Washington Redskins Elliot Totah President, Oxbridge Development kelly towles Artist Ivanka trump Assistant to the President, The White House tiffany trump Law Student, Georgetown University devin tucker Public Relations Manager, BrandLinkDC CLAUDIA UCEDA Reporter/Producer, Univision Jennifer vasquez Senior Producer, NBC jayne visser President, Montana State Society Jakub Vrana Forward, Washington Capitals reed walker Co-Founder, Cotton & Reed Distillery John Wall Point Guard, Washington Wizards read Wall President, Read Wall

trever faden Founder, Atlas Lane Faden’s online property management company helps remove landlord stressors by storing background and credit checks, scheduling maintenance and managing rent payments. The firm has grown since launching in 2016 and doubled its staff in the last year alone, says Faden, 26.

allen gannett CEO, TrackMaven Gannett’s first book, “The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time” hits bookstores this spring. “I wrote it because I work with big brands every day and I constantly hear how people do not think they have the “magical” power of creativity when in reality, creativity is a skill that anyone can master,” says the 26-year-old founder of TrackMaven, a marketing analytics software firm that helps big companies optimize their social media content.

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lindsay walters Deputy Press Secretary, The White House

Andra Johnson General Manager and Beverage Director, Macon Bistro & Larder and Magnolia Room The restaurant industry veteran, 30, climbed the ranks from bussing tables to managing several eateries around town. At Macon she informs her evolving cocktail and wine lists with in-depth knowledge about spirits and wine.

Jake Ward President and CEO, Application Developers Alliance kate warren Photographer, GoKateShoot jayson werth Outfielder, Washington Nationals morgan hungerford west Founder, A Creative DC; Creative/Culture Manager, the LINE DC alexis williams Vice President, Politico Live antonio Williams Senior Director of Government and External Affairs, Comcast

“I’m a huge history nerd and movie buff so most of my cocktail names are actually derived from the history of the base spirit or a playful pun on a classic movie. ” — Andra Johnson on how she innovates new cocktails. Raffi Williams Director of Communications, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Tom Wilson Right Wing, Washington Capitals erik bruner-yang Chef and Owner of Maketto and Brothers and Sisters Bruner-Yang’s Maketto, a communal marketplace that includes a restaurant, coffee bar and clothing shop is an H Street neighborhood favorite. His new eatery in the newly-opened LINE Hotel’s lobby has gotten so busy at times that guests have been turned away. His creative concept development group Foreign National “curates food, drink, retail, events and art to create unique experiences promoting a strong, healthy, and viable community.” Its vision “is to embrace cultural evolution and drive social change with a team of open-minded and creative individuals in hospitality.”

ben wikler Washington Director, phil wong Co-Founder, Misfit Juicery ann yang Co-Founder, Misfit Juicery shireen zaman Security and Rights Collaborative Director, Proteus Fund jason zuccari Vice President, Hamilton Insurance Agency

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ERHXLIETTWXLEXQEOIXLIQ Want to be ‘like a boss’? Use these essential apps ofYGL power players.



et’s face it, having success, brains and personality requires some good apps. When young people set out to change the world and leave a formidable mark in their field, they’ve got a trusted set of apps to help along the way. Communicating securely with the office team — check. Organizing contacts and staying on task — check. Even managing reflection or making time to meditate — check. We took a look at some of the essential apps utilized by a few of this year’s YGL honorees. Your next powerful tale of achievement might depend on a click to the app store. 22 Headspace, which provides guided medita-

All hail Google for its many apps that make chaotic work life more manageable, including Google Keep, for “jotting down notes on the fly,” Google Calendar and Google Docs. For real time internal messaging, food entrepreneurs Phil Wong and Ann Yang swear by Slack. It’s “an awesome communication tool for our team,” says Wong, who co-founded Misfit Juicery with Yang. Fellow start-up head and frequent business traveler Jen Mellon, CoFounder and President of Trustify, has added Service to her app stack. It scans your email inboxes for flights and files claims with airlines on your behalf for cancellations or delays. While Armor Text founder and CEO Navroop Mitter uses his own app for securely messaging his team and clients, he also counts on the “really clever” Evernote app to help organize his contacts. And when it comes to marketing, DJ Neekola, an international DJ and the mind behind entertainment planning company Pelonkey Inc., looks to Squarespace, Instagram and Snapchat. “It’s amazing how many people you can connect with …[and] get so much business,” Neekola says.

tion sessions and mindfulness training for a few minutes every day. For Mellon, whose day starts before dawn and ends often after midnight, Jesus Calling is a way to focus on her faith with a 365-day devotional that builds in time to reflect and pray. Whether you’re into Mozart or Moon Taxi between meetings, music is also a great escape. To find new tunes that’s aren’t necessarily on Spotify, Wong goes to SoundCloud. Quinn Bradlee, author, filmmaker and founder of a social network for young adults with learning differences, is a fan of Shazam which records and identifies music playing around you. If you want to brush up on Portuguese in your limited free time, there’s Duolingo, which Neekola says makes learning languages easy using a gaming system. For a different kind of brain game, counts millions of players around the world, including Wong. How do these movers and shakers discover the latest and greatest apps? In Mitter’s case, “My days are spent conversing with some really curious and talented people. We share ideas, book recommendations, tech finds, etc. It’s just what we do.” Well, of course it is. You didn’t think they Googled it, did you?




Being so accomplished and influential is hard work. Burnout isn’t an option. Yang looks to CO U RT E SY P H OTOS .

PICTURED (top to bottom): DJ Neekola connects with people via Instagram; Navroop Mitter uses his own app, Armor Text, to message clients; Phil Wong and Ann Yang swear by Slack for internal messaging; Quinn Bradlee relies on Shazam for song identification; Frequent traveler Jen Mellon uses Service to keep track of flights delays and cancellations.


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YGL 2018  

From the March 2018 issue of Washington Life Magazine

YGL 2018  

From the March 2018 issue of Washington Life Magazine