2011 The Young and The Guest List

by Editorial

Washington Life’s guide to the capital region’s most influential under 40 residents in 2011.

Spike Mendelsohn and Patrick Wixted. (Photo by Tony Powell)

Over the past six years, Washington Life’s annual The Young & The Guest List has been the go-to guide for accomplished young leaders in the nation’s capital. As the city becomes more vibrant with each new crop of twenty- and thirty-something movers and shakers, deciding whom to include becomes an ever-more daunting task.

Each year, a clued-in but necessarily anonymous committee compiles a unique list of Washingtonians under the age of 40 who contribute to the cultural, political and social fabric of the city and nation. After spirited debate, the group whittles down a list containing many hundreds of names to just over 250. This year was no exception. We spent many long hours poring over nominations, analyzing achievements (so many!) and making sure that the list reflects a diversity of talent.

The 2011 list includes formidable overachievers: members of Congress, administration policy makers, entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, activists and media personalities It also reflects the area’s growing dining scene with restaurateurs, mixologists and other fabulous foodies.

Most may not be as well known as the people who employ them, but make no mistake, these young innovators are the face of the future.in October 2011.


Huma Abedin
Senior Advisor, Office of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Katy Adams
Yeas & Nays Columnist, Washington Examiner

Nicole Aguirre
Editor in Chief, Worn Magazine

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba

Yousef Al Otaiba
Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates

James Alefantis
Owner, Buck’s Fishing and Camping and Comet Ping Pong; President, Transformer Gallery

Aniello Alioto
Political Director, Progress Now

David All
Owner, David All Group; Publisher, Tweet Watch Report; Executive Director, AMP Summit

Grant Allen
Vice President, ABB Technology Ventures

Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani
Entrepreneur and Film Producer

Jonathan Aronchick
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

Ronit Avni
Founder/Executive Director, Just Vision

Ed and Chinyere Hubbard with Andre Wells. (Photo by Tony Powell)


Moira Bagley
Communications Director for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

Amy Baier
Boardmember, Children’s National Medical Center

Douglas Barnes
Owner, Destination Polo

Vinoda Basnayake
International Associate, Patton Boggs LLP; Co-founder, Night Life Agency Group Inc.

Stephanie Baucus
CEO and CFO, Courage for Kids

Zeno Baucus
Senior Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Chad Bauman
Director of Communications, Arena Stage

Greg Behrman
Member, Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of State; best-selling author

Elliott Bisnow
Founder, Summit Series

Robert “Bo” Blair
Founder and President, Smith Point, Jetties, Surfside, and The Rookery

Meghan Blair
Founder, Something Sweet Bakery

Joanna Block
President, Kiron Global Strategies

Michael Bloom
Deputy Policy Director, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

Cedric Bobo
Vice President, The Carlyle Group

J. Quinn Bradlee
Author and Filmmaker

Greta Brawner
Journal Host and Producer, C-SPAN’s Washington

William T. Brawner Jr
Calibre Systems Policy Analyst

Lee Brenner
Founding Principal, FastFWD Group; Founder and Designer, L. J. Bamboo Company

Derek Brown

Derek Brown
Mixologist; Founder, Passenger and The Columbia Room

Pamela Brown
Reporter, WJLA/ABC7 and TBD News

Austin Bryan
Global Account Manager, Pingtone Communications

Erinn “Ebs” Burnough
Political Director, Office of the First Lady

Desmond Butler
Reporter, Associated Press

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