Young & the Guest List 2018

by Editorial

They 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 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.

Kevin Turpin, Abby Phillip and Mark Scialla at Politics & Prose, District Wharf.

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

Sara Azani Blogger, Style MBA

Carla Babb Pentagon Correspondent, Voice of America

Lucas Baiano Political filmmaker

Meredith Balenske Vice President of Communications, Revolution LLC

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

Austin Belali Director, Youth Engagement Fund, Democracy Alliance

Dan Berger Founder and CEO, Social Tables

Rebecca Berg Political Reporter, CNN

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

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

Martin Ditto and Sheena Parveen at Vio, District Wharf.

Hakim BouAnane Susan Gage Catering

Mikayla Bouchard Senior Staff Editor, The New York Times

Timothy Bouley, M.D. Global Health and Environment Specialist, The World Bank

Christopher Boutlier Interior Designer

Madison Bowey Defenseman, Washington Capitals

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; Maverick PAC 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

Gregory Cendana Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO

Alexis Williams and Anna Palmer at the National Restaurant Association.

Francesca Chambers White House Correspondent, Daily Mail

Peter Chang Co-Founder, No Kings Collective

Keo Chea Deputy Assistant Director of Community Affairs, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Aggie Chin Executive Pastry Chef, Mirabelle Elbridge Colby Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

Marybeth Coleman Vice President of Customer Success, Cortex Building Intelligence

Erin Como Traffic Anchor/Reporter, Fox5

Will Compton Inside Linebacker, Washington Redskins

John Conley Acquisitions Manager, Ditto Residential

Melissa Cook Director, Global Partnerships, EverFi

Rachel Cothran Senior Content Strategist, HZDG

Jordan Cotton Co-Founder, Cotton & Reed Distillery

Walter L. Cronkite, IV Capitol Hill Producer, CBS News

Lauren Culbertson Public Policy Manager, Twitter

Carlos Curbelo U.S. Congressman (R-Fla.)

Heather Darazs Creative Services Manager, CBS Corporation

Ashley Darby Owner, Oz Restaurant; Cast Member, “The Real Housewives of Potomac”

Michael Darner Executive Director, Congressional Progressive Caucus

Jakub Vrana, Madison Bowey and Christian Djoos at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

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

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

Devin Dwyer Correspondent, ABC News

Kieren Emery Women’s Rowing Coach, Georgetown University

Greg Engert Beer Director, Neighborhood Restaurant Group

Trever Faden Founder, Atlas Lane

David Fahrenthold Reporter, The Washington Post

John Falcicchio Chief of Staff, Mayor Muriel Bowser

Jennifer Feldman Brillembourg, M.D. Anesthesiologist

Angie Fetherston CEO, Drink Company

J.P. Fetherston Beverage Director, Columbia Room

Heather Louise Finch Founder and CEO, HLF, LLC

Meredith Fineman CEO, FinePoint

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

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.)

Jennifer Paquette Galloway President, Wolcott Hill Group LLC

Vinoda Basnayake, Candace Ourisman, Ashley Taylor Bronczek and Chris Thompson at the Morris American Bar.

Alex Gangitano “Heard on the Hill” Reporter, Roll Call

Allen Gannett Founder and CEO, TrackMaven

Matthew Gardiner Associate Artistic Director, Signature Theatre

Tyrone Gayle Press Secretary, Office of Sen. Kamala Harris

Dayna Geldwert Politics and Government Outreach, Instagram

Josh Genderson President, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill

Morgan Greenhouse Genderson Founder and Managing Partner, Verdehouse

Hogan Gidley Deputy Press Secretary, The White House

Lisa Gilbert Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Public Citizen

Mark Gillespie General Manager and Creative Director, YOA Orchestra of the Americas

Sean Glass Chairman and CEO, Advantia Health

Shana Glenzer Chief Marketing Officer, Crowdskout

Autria Godfrey Anchor and Reporter, ABC7 News

Angie Goff Anchor/Reporter, NBC4

Diego Gonzalez Zuniga Blogger, Diego Downtown

Gio Gonzalez Pitcher, Washington Nationals

Marcus Goodwin Acquisitions Associate, Four Points

Carlie Steiner, Mike Friedman and Maura Judkis at The Channel, District Wharf.

Sarah Gordon Founder, Gordy’s Pickle Jar

Marcin Gortat Center, Washington Wizards

Neil Grace Senior Communications Advisor, Federal Communications Commission

Richard Graves Co-Founder, CleanChoice Energy

Yudu Gray, Jr. CEO, House Studios

Chloé Gray-Le Coz Area Director Marketing, Northeast Region at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Madeline Grayson Co-Founder, Tuckernuck

Scott Greenberg Marketing Director, Nonprofit and Arts & Entertainment, Sage Communications

Rachel Grinney Co-founder, Wylie Grey

Jessica Grounds Co-founder, Mind the Gap

Carlos Gutierrez Jr. Founder and CEO, Highline Point Group, LLC

Erika Gutierrez Regional PR Lead, Compass Real Estate

Michael Haft Co-Founder, Compass Coffee

Dannia Hakki Co-founder and Principal, MoKi Media

Maha Hakki Partner, MoKi Media

Blake Hall Founder and CEO,

Bill Hamid Goalkeeper, D.C. United

Kathleen Kiernan Harnden, M.D. Assistant Director, Inova Breast Medical Oncology Program

Bryce Harper Outfielder, Washington Nationals

Eric Heidenberger Managing Partner, Madhatter, Front Page, Shaw’s Tavern and 801 Restaurant & Bar and Epic Yoga

Emily Heil “Reliable Source” Columnist, The Washington Post

Kyle Hendrick Founder, Arab Angel Fund

Nikki Schwab and Marcus Goodwin at The Channel, District Wharf.

Audrey Henson Founder, College to Congress

Justin Herman Emerging Citizen Technology Lead, General Services Administration

Hope Hicks Director of Strategic Communications, The White House

Brandon Hill Co-Founder, No Kings Collective

Sondra Hoffman Head Booker, T.H.E. Artist Agency

Devin Lee Hoffman Director of Brand Experience, HEIST DC

Misty Holbert Lead Associate for Media Relations, Booz Allen Hamilton

Fitz Holladay Director, Sofar Sounds DC

Kristen Holmes National Correspondent, CNN News Source

Rachel Holt Regional General Manager for U.S. and Canada, Uber Inc.

Braden Holtby Goalie, Washington Capitals

Frances Holuba Founder, Chief Social Architects

Roger Horowitz Co-Founder, Pleasant Pops

Kerra Michele Huerta Blogger, Apartment Envy

Richard Hudock Senior Public Relations Manager, CNN

Mary Anne Huntsman Concert Pianist

Jack Inslee Executive Producer, Full Service Radio

Elahe Izadi Reporter, The Washington Post

Hallie Jackson White House Correspondent, NBC News

Juven Jacob Assistant to the President, The Kennedy Center

Laura Jarrett Reporter, CNN

Adora Andy Jenkins Vice President of Communications and Engagement, 2U

Brad Jenkins Managing Director and Executive Producer, Funny or Die

Alexa Johnson Co-owner, Ella-Rue

Andra ‘AJ’ Johnson General Manager and Beverage Director, Macon Bistro & Larder and Magnolia Room

Brian Johnson Director of Federal Relations, API

Krista Johnson Co-owner, Ella-Rue

Joshua Johnson Host, WAMU’s “1A”

Maura Judkis Reporter, The Washington Post

Nicholas Karnaze Founder, stubble & ‘stache

Bethany Kazaba Co-Founder, Neighborhood Retail Group

Chrys Kefalas Vice President of Brand Strategy, National Association of Manufacturers

Brianna Keilar Senior Political Correspondent, CNN

Cara Kelly Entertainment Editor, USA Today

Ryan Kibler, Anais Laurent, Marissa Rubenstein and Damon King at Pearl Street Warehouse.

Joseph P. Kennedy III U.S. Congressman (D-Mass.)

Ryan Kerrigan Linebacker, Washington Redskins

Sim Khan Attorney and Founder, Brimble & Clark Custom Clothiers

Suzanne Kianpour Capitol Hill and Foreign Affairs Producer, BBC News

Ryan Kibler Creative Director, Foreign National

Rep. Ruben Kihuen U.S. Congressman (D-Nevada)

Damon King Creative/Brand Coordinator, the LINE Hotel DC; Community Engagement Strategist, A Creative DC

Carolyn Amirpashaie King Chief of Staff, Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-01)

Julie Kohler Senior Vice President, The Democracy Alliance

AJay KORI Co-Founder, UrbanStems

Daniel Kramer Managing Partner, Duke’s Grocery and Duke’s Counter

Jackie Kucinich Washington Bureau Chief, The Daily Beast

Judy Kurtz “In the Know” Columnist, The Hill

Jared Kushner Senior Advisor to President

Brad Lackey Senior Vice President, Tiedemann Wealth Management

Jeremiah Langhorne Chef and Owner, The Dabney

Michael Larosa Director of Communications, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Michael Lastoria Co-Founder, &pizza

Anais Laurent Social Media Specialist Design Army

Carol Lee Political Reporter, NBC News

Svetlana Legetic Co-Founder, Brightest Young Things

John Legittino CEO, Advoc8

Zach Leonsis Vice President and General Manager, Monumental Network, Monumental Sports and Entertainment

Daniel Lippman Reporter and Co-Author of Politico Playbook, Politico

Kirsten Lodal Co-Founder and CEO, LIFT

Victor Nguyen-Long Freelance Creative Strategist

Adam Joseph Lorenzetti, M.D. Physician, Inova

Kelly Love Senior Assistant Press Secretary, The White House

Wesley Lowery National Reporter, The Washington Post

Derek Luyten Region Director of the Asia Division, International Republican Institute

Kathryn Lyons Managing Editor, Famous DC

Brooklyn Mack Dancer, Washington Ballet

Chase Maggiano Executive Director, The Washington Chorus

Anne Mahlum Founder and CEO, Solidcore

Heather Mahoney Founder, Haute Haus Agency

Violetta Markelou Photographer and Makeup Artist

Campbell Marshall Vice President, International Market Development and Public Policy, Omnispace

Anna Mason Partner, Revolution’s Rise the Rest

Jade Floyd and Anastasia Dellaccio at The Channel, District Wharf.

Jaclyn Mason Realtor, Jack Realty

Brian Mast U.S. Congressman, (R-Florida)

John McCarthy Chief of Staff, Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.)

Kevin McCarthy Entertainment Reporter, FOX 5

Amanda McClements Owner, Salt & Sundry

John McConnell, M.D. Physician, Inova

Alex McCoy Chef and Owner, Lucky Buns

Tommy McFly Morning Show Host, 94.7 Fresh FM, CBS Radio

Erin McPike White House Correspondent, IJR

Jennifer Mellon Co-Founder and President, Trustify

Spike Mendelsohn Chef and Restaurateur, Good Stuff Eatery and We, the Pizza

Heather Shaw Menis Principal, Fifth and Main PR

Flavius Mihaies Journalist and Consultant, The World Bank

Alex Mills Actor, Synetic Theater

Jennifer Mishory Senior Fellow/Senior Policy Advisor, The Century Foundation

Ryan Hunter Mitchell Owner, Suns Cinema

Sujata Mitra Head of Communications, Al-Monitor

Navroop Mitter CEO, ArmorText

Hamdullah Mohib Afghan Ambassador to the United States

Michael Monroe Chief of Staff, North America’s Building Trades Unions

Jessica Moore Director of Government Relations, Walt Disney Company

Evan Morgan Partner, Revolution Growth

Michael Moroney Managing Supervisor, FleishmanHillard

Cori Sue Morris Principal, Citrus Media

Seth Moulton U.S. Congressman (D-Mass.)

Ashley Murphy Dancer, Washington Ballet

Rep. Stephanie Murphy U.S. Congresswoman (D-Florida)

Sara Murray Correspondent, CNN

Rhana Natour Reporter/Producer, PBS NewsHour

Rafael NÁvar National Political Director, Communications Workers of America

Dj Neekola DJ and Producer, Neekola Entertainment

Paul Nitze Assistant Regional Counsel, Social Security Administration

Elizabeth North President, Curiosity Stream

Olivia Nuzzi Washington Correspondent, New York Magazine

Shizu Okusa Co-Founder, JRINK Juicery

Steven Olikara Co-Founder and President, Millennial Action Project

Maggie O’Neill Artist; Owner, Swatchroom

Trever Faden and Allen Gannett at Vio, District Wharf.

Fig O’Reilly Datanaut and Systems Engineer, NASA

T.J. Oshie Right Wing, Washington Capitals

Candace Ourisman Co-Founder, Secretly Gifting

Chris Ourisman President, Ourisman Automotives

Alex Ovechkin Left Wing and Captain, The Washington Capitals

Anna Palmer Co-Author, Politico Playbook

Tara Palmeri White House Correspondent, ABC News

Monica Pampell Founder, Pentafit; Personal Trainer

Holly Pan Fashion Blogger, Petite Flower Presents

Nick Papadopoulos Retail Leasing, Papadopoulos Properties

Ali Pardo Communications Director, U.S. House of Representatives

John Parkinson White House & Congressional Reporter/Producer, ABC News

Scott Parkinson Executive Director, Republican Study Committee

Sheena Parveen Meteorologist, NBC4

Alan Paul Associate Artistic Director, Shakespeare Theatre

Angela Peoples Director, GetEQUAL

Olivia Perez-Cubas Press Secretary, Office of Sen. Marco Rubio

John McCarthy, Lauren Dunne and Lauren Pratapas at Vio, District Wharf.

Olivia Petersen Senior Director of Communications, NBC News

Alexandra Petri Columnist, The Washington Post

Abby Phillip White House Correspondent, CNN

Tod Plotkin Principal, Green Buzz Agency

Sara Polon Founder, Soupergirl

Michael Pope Reporter , Virginia Public Radio

Otto Porter Small Forward, Washington Wizards

Drew Porterfield Director and Curator, Long View Gallery

Lauren Pratapas Director of Communications, CNN

Michaela Pratt President, Mentor Foundation

Rose Previte Owner, Compass Rose and Maydan

Ned Price National Security Analyst

La Celia Prince Ambassador of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Allison Kaminsky Putala Principal, Kaminsky Putala

Yasmin Radbod Founder, Femme Fatale

Andrew Rafferty Political Reporter, NBC News

Manu Raju Senior Political Reporter, CNN

Ryan Ratino Chef and Owner, Bresca

Jordan Reed Tight End, Washington Redskins

Anthony Rendon Third Baseman, Washington Nationals

Steve Ressler President and Founder, GovLoop

Helena Richardson Director of the Young Leaders Program, Heritage Foundation

Lindley Thornburg Richardson Public Relations Consultant, Heather Freeman Media & Public Relations

Jen Richer Co-host & Executive Producer, “Tommy Morning Show,” CBS Radio/ WIAD

September Rinnier Co-Founder, Tuckernuck

Reem Sadik and Alma Caballero at Vio, District Wharf.

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

Ryan Ross Program Director, Halcyon Incubator

Sofia Royce Public Relations Manager, BrandLinkDC

Rob Rubba Chef, Hazel

Marissa Rubenstein Events and Experiential Marketing Producer, Brightest Young Things

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

Jayne Sandman Principal, BrandLinkDC

Michael Sapienza CEO, Colorectal Cancer Alliance

Samantha Sault Vice President, U.S. Fashion Industry Association

Kyle Schmitz President & Chief Creative Officer, KONNECTED Media Group

Nikki Schwab U.S. Political Reporter, Daily Mail

Mark Scialla Reporter and Producer, National Affairs, PBS NewsHour

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

Rina Shah Principal and Founder, Rilax Strategies

Sultan Shakir Executive Director, SMYAL

Katie Shannon Business Development Director, Union3 Events

Jeff Sheely Co-Founder, UrbanStems

Jake Sherman Co-Author, Politico Playbook

Muna Shikaki Correspondent, Al-Arabiya

Stuart Siciliano Partner, Hamilton Place Strategies

Hafsa Siddiqi Senior Account Executive, MoKi Media

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

Alex Skatell Founder and CEO, IJ Review

Farrah Skeiky Photographer and Media Strategist, Dim Sum Media

LaRhonda Burley and Alex Gangitano at Vio, District Wharf.

Moira Bagley Smith Communications Consultant

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

Alexandra Tallulah Blogger, “In My Bowl”

Andra Johnson and Erik Bruner-Yang at Pearl Street Warehouse.

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,

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

Lindsay Walters Deputy Press Secretary, The White House

Jake Ward President and CEO, Application Developers Alliance

Kathryn Lyons and Ashley Forrester at the District Wharf ice rink.

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

Raffi Williams Director of Communications, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Tom Wilson Right Wing, Washington Capitals

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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