Hayden Higgins lives off H St NE. He studied anthropology at Davidson College and organizes for local climate action with DC Divest while working at World Resources Institute. He is a contributing editor at The Morning News and a co-founder of 730DC. (@hscotthiggins)
Lily Strelich lives in Park View. She studied German and geology at Occidental College, where she spent a lot of time outside. She’s grateful for her new life as an indoor cat, covering science news as a freelance writer/editor. She’s also a bad illustrator, biking evangelist, and shameless west coast stereotype. She shreds on the accordion. (@lilystrelich)
Colleen Shaffer was born in DC and now lives as a grown-up on U St. She studied anthropology at Columbia and now works in tech and regularly wears a hoodie in the office. In her spare time, Colleen runs around chasing frisbees, bikes around avoiding cars, and soaks up the glorious humidity of DC summers. (@ceshaff)
David Meni lives in Parkview. He’s currently works as a analyst in welfare and tax policy, and occasionally has stints as a barista, courier, or mechanic. You can catch him writing for Greater Greater Washington or as a co-host of MuniciPals wherever you get your podcasts. David loves exploring DC culture past and present, and will chew your ear off about public transit and development if you let him. (@thedavidmeni)
Yuri Chang enjoys her surprisingly quiet street along 14th and U. She studied international relations at Tufts University and now advocates for equitable urban development. Her life is in constant pursuit of non-fusion Asian food, cute bike helmets, and house plant survival. Tweets about AAPI media representation and cities doing things she approves of. (@yoodychang)
Sheehan Whelan lives in Foggy Bottom. She recently sold out to the private sector as a Communications Advisor after getting an MPA in Public Management. She loves discussing modern philosophy and dystopian literature, especially after her third glass of tempranillo.
Matt Gayer lives in Brookland. After a fairly nomadic few years, he is happy to have settled in DC for the long haul. Matt works at the Catalogue for Philanthropy, a nonprofit network of 400+ grassroots and local organizations. He loves his job and the folks he gets to meet, and loves exploring DC's 131 (?!) neighborhoods while finding the hidden gems of this great city."
Andrew Peng lives in a 225 sq ft. microunit in Dupont and never shuts up about it. He studied urbanism by way of Sociology and Environmental Studies at Tufts University, and now does something development-related at a non-profit. He likes alcohol, normal human interaction, and reading good poems (and bad people). Twitter account too offensive to link here.
Julie Rubin lives on stolen Piscataway land currently claimed as Columbia Heights, Pleasant Plains, and Park View. When she’s not working for the labor movement, she enjoys frequenting public libraries, exploring the depths of the internet looking for cool D.C. events, and slowly coasting through stop signs on her bike.
Dalton Vogler lives in Adams Morgan and makes good use of it by going to bed incredibly early. He studied English and Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and currently handles digital marketing for Arcadia Power. When he's not at work or writing, you can find Dalton gardening in Kalorama, studying Japanese, and pretending to be a professional Smash player. (@daltonvogler)
Ellen Squires is lucky enough to live within minutes of her favorite place in DC, the Mount Pleasant Library. A proud Minneapolis native, Ellen can occasionally be found defending the middle of the country. She spends her daytime hours thinking about health care policy, and supplements that with a healthy amount of time rambling in Rock Creek Park or putting on her best Norah Jones at the piano
Tomás Deza grew up in Tucumán, Argentina, and now lives in Columbia Heights. He studied film at the University of Maryland and thinks he should probably have a better voice impersonation of Werner Herzog by now. He admires doors on walks, learns best through soccer analogies, and gives the evil eye to people who balance on their bikes at red lights. (@tomas_deza)
Rachel Mulbry is a partially-legitimate DC native (does Takoma Park count?) who now lives in Columbia Heights and writes for 730DC en español. She did her undergrad in Montreal, and probably should have stayed in Canada, but despite her best efforts, she couldn’t stay away from DC for long. After spending time in Ecuador, she now works in urban conservation and spends as much time as possible on her bike and in DC parks. (@rachelcarita)
Jessica Sheng is a Jersey native now living in Park View. In her free time, she tries to live up to the neighborhood's name by spending ample time in Malcolm X Park. During the day, she works on digital projects at a media company and is fascinated by the intersection of urban communities, technology, and culture. Maybe one of these days she'll complete the transformation into a DC dweller and try Sweetgreen for the first time. (@jessheng15)
Michael Mellody was born in the D.C. suburbs and has lived in Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter. He studied English at Davidson College and is currently getting his MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He's passionate about all things media and is a co-founder of 730DC.
Nick Desien lived in Bloomingdale at the start of 730DC, but currently calls Petworth home. Like a cliche urban-dwelling millennial, he enjoys his house plants, bike, and thick-framed glasses. Once an Atlantic Media Fellow, he now works in data analytics in the health care space. He is a voracious consumer of media and a co-founder of 730DC