Awesome events: It finally feels like Spring in the District, which means we’re getting outdoors and to the rooftop bars; Speaking of, Colada Shop on 14th St. is opening a brand new rooftop bar just in time for the warm temperatures; The Cherry Blossom Festival is coming to an end this weekend with the Festival Parade; Stressed about your taxes? East Side Yoga can help with that; Get outdoors and join the March for Science on the National Mall; Don’t feel like marching? Support the sciences in a different way and head to Crawfish for Cancer for some delicious food and drinks; Bring out your inner child and check out Cirque du Soleil Luiza tour; Saturdays are for gin. Check out the 2nd Annual World Gin Festival; Need to get rid of the Sunday Scaries? Women Who Whiskey DC and Open Barre are hosting a Barre class followed by a whiskey tasting.
Storytelling: Turning Policy Into Narrative
FamousDC is back at it and this time we’re sharing our lunch (Chick-fil-A) with a rockstar panel comprised of policy communications experts who are taking complex policy issues and turning them into compelling narratives that ultimately move the needle on the Hill and in the media.
Friday, April 20, 2018 // 12-1pm
RHOB 2123 – Capitol Hill
COMING SOON: Rayshun Lamarr has a voice like no other and with lots of practice, we’re hopeful we can get there too.
Here’s a helpful guide to Mark Zuckerburg’s little visit to DC; We think the Red Sox need some help with their WiFi password creativity; CNN thinks that Starbursts will help Rep. McCarthy become Speaker; If you’re looking to buy some stock, don’t do it today; Superstitious? Here are a few reasons Friday the 13th is considered unlucky 👻.
7 Glorious Glamping Destinations Just Outside the Beltway
Tommy McFly always seems to keep himself very busy; When will Chris Taylor run for public office?; Jack Smith 100% thinks less of you if you don’t like Wawa coffee; Latest rumor: Paul Ryan and Doug Heye are going to open a workout studio; The Croom twins are living their best life; For the record, Tyler Roberts is anti-dog park mulching; A big shout out to Don Seymour for his assist earlier this week; Wesley Donahue is still tossing out positive vibes; Amber Marchand is the absolute best!; DC misses Karen Hanretty; Casey Phillips is negotiating terms with MN quilters and hopes to receive an honorary denim vest; Attention: If you haven’t posted a picture of you with Paul Ryan to social media, you still have time; Mike Morrison is the de facto Rockies Social Media manager; Zuckerberg got some ink this week, but the one thing we all read was Ken Spain’s take; Congrats to Caleb Smith and bringing more “Liberty” into the world; Congratulations to Hope Randall, and the team at DefeatDD, on a successful launch of their Instagram account; Hannah Mooney’s Twitter account inspiring us all to put down that bag of flaming hot Cheetos; An aggressive use of acronyms is forcing Dana Liebelson to leave DC; Give Alexa Den Herder a high-five on her new gig with Senator Grassley’s office. We’re giving Alexa 90 days to become “Senatized”; Billy Godoy was spotted at The White House with Cliff Sims and Nick Saban; Matt Lloyd continues to #DoBigThings; Matt Lira continues to rock the world; Ask Becky Card about grilled cheese; Did Nick Johnston find Skittles?; Sloane Bravo fits in well at S-3; Is Riva Littman ready for Soul?; We’re living vicariously through Kathryn Lyon’s Instagram feed; We already miss Bethany Almon; Hey Caitlin Kestermann; Shoutout to Erin Perrine for being awesome; Congratulations to The Wing for their DC opening! Kyle Ridley had a good week!; New York is a good look for Brad Bosserman; We can do tricks for bananas also, Kayla Epstein; When is Paige Gress gracing DC again?; Joy Lee nails the business-attire-on-the-Speaker’s-balcony look; Truffle fries > press briefings Audrey Henson; Kaya Singleton is having a ballin’ week.
#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs
Congratulations to Megan Swiatkowski on her new role as associate director of communications at Axios. Swiatkowski makes the move from Politico, where she most recently was a senior communications specialist; Samantha Cotten, most recently communications director for Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), has joined America Rising as press secretary; Leaving his post as chief of staff for Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) is Daniel Kroese, who is joining DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate as senior adviser; Christopher Huntley, most recently communications director for Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), has new role as speechwriter for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA); Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) has a new chief of staff: Access Democracy co-founder and Obama alum Alexis Prieur L’Heureux; From the AP, national security editor Brad Klapper is making moves to Qorvis as senior vice president of media relations; The New York Times adds Astead Wesley, most recently at the Boston Globe, as a national politics reporter “initially focused on the midterms”; At Politico, Cory Bennett is shifting roles to become deputy editor for national security. Taking his place as cybersecurity editor is Boston Globe alum Mike Farrell; Former video editor for Roll Call and current HuffPost producer JM Rieger is making moves to the Washington Post video team; Also at the Washington Post, Katherine Finnerty, most recently a senior communications specialist at Reuters, has a new role as senior editorial producer for Washington Post Live; At CBS Evening News, ABC News alum Brinda Adhikari has been promoted to senior broadcast producer; Kerry Flynn is making moves from Mashable to Digiday; After more than a decade at Bloomberg News, finance reporter Hugh Son is leaving to join CNBC.com; Washington Tax & Public Policy Group adds Kelli Briggs, most recently chief of staff to former Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH), as a senior vice president; Andrew Conlin recently joined Forbes Tate Partners as a director in its public affairs practice. Before this, Conlin was political coordinator, mayoral outreach at Everytown for Gun Safety. Also at Forbes Tate, Samantha Sadowski and Emilie Carinha have been promoted to senior analyst and senior digital analyst; Tesla has named Obama White House veteran Alexandra Veitch as its new North American lead for government relations and policy. Veitch most recently was vice president of government relations for CSRA; After four years as economic issues media manager for the National Association of REALTORS, Adam DeSanctis is joining Freddie Mac as a senior communications manager; Emergent BioSolutions recently welcomed Grant Barbosa, former legislative assistant for Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), as director of government affairs; Also at Emergent BioSolutions, Chris French has been promoted to senior vice president of global government affairs; Kat Maramba, most recently a communications strategist at Blue Engine Message and Media, is joining Sunshine Sachs to focus on media relations; Monument Policy Group adds Michelle Kirkman, former senior account executive at kglobal, as a legislative and public affairs manager; From DDC Public Affairs, Andrew Moore has joined Brigade as national political director; Mercury adds two: Steve Hilton, former VP of global government and public affairs for McDonald’s, as managing director and the Madison Group’s Rodney Emery as SVP; And finally, a big congrats to Christopher Wenk, new vice president of government affairs at Kia DC. Wenk most recently was executive director of international policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and before this led international trade policy at the National Association of Manufacturers. #DoBigThings
A special birthday shout out to our very own Hillary Alvaré!
Famous birthday wishes also include: Ian Downie, Scout Margaret Gavin, Katie Miller, Suzanna Fishman, Woody Johnson, Chelsea Brown, Andrew Blaylock, Bruce Miller, Erika Masonhall, Summer Buchanan Bravo(“greatest new mom in the world” – Matt Bravo), Jack Smith, Kate Meissner, Jeremy Art, Jan Fowler Antonaros, Sujata Mitra, Nick Schaper, David All, John Paul Strong, Mark Bryant, Gordon Patrick Peters, Betsy Andres Stewart, Lisbeth Lyons, Virginia Coyne, Doug Heye, Lauren Vitek, Ieva Augstums, Theresa Gambo, Jenny Cline, Alex Poirot, Kelly Wilkinson, Chris Hartman, Pat Werring, Thomas Jefferson.
Happy Birthday and adiós to your 30s Josh Shultz!