The Team

Hayden Higgins lives off H St NE. He majored in 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 Bloomingdale. She spent a lot of time outside for a bachelors degree in Geology, and is very grateful for life indoors as a writer for the American Geophysical Union, translating nerd-talk for the masses. She loves birds, bikes, and bragging about being from California. You’ve been warned. (@lilystrelich)

Colleen Shaffer was born in DC and now lives as a grown-up on U St. She studied anthropology and now works in tech. At other times, Colleen runs around chasing frisbees, bikes around avoiding cars, and soaks up the glorious humidity of DC summers. (@ceshaff)

Erik Lampmann lives in Le Droit Park. He studied political theory at the University of Richmond and spends his days training community organizers and rabble-rousing with Young People For (YP4). Outside of 730DC, he’s contributed writing to organizations like the Democracy Collaborative and edited for Scalawag Magazine. He’s fluent in French and Broad City gifs. (@ehlampmann)

David Meni lives in Parkview. He’s currently a masters student and research assistant at GW, studying housing policy and welfare. You can catch him writing for Greater Greater Washington or as a co-host of MunicPals 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)

Margaret Kaufmann lives in Arlington. She studied political science at Davidson College and is now up here “living the life” (like many other young Washingtonians). When she’s not working or writing, Margaret can be found running along the Potomac or experiencing new restaurants, bars, and concerts­­­—so she can announce them in 730DC of course.

Sheehan Whelan lives in Columbia Heights. She studied International Relations and Spanish at Texas A&M. She recently sold out to the private sector after getting an MPA in Public Management. Her interests include pretending she possesses a sophisticated palate for libations and tapas, hiking, karaoke and writing for All Things Go. She loves discussing Political Theory and Great War power, especially after her third glass of wine. (@whelansc)

Matt Gayer lives in Brookland. He gave up his nomadic life after grad school and settled down in DC a few years ago. He recently gave up his corporate gig, and is now working for a local nonprofit focused on strengthening the DC nonprofit community. When Matt isn’t writing/working, he’s exploring the 131 neighborhoods (?!) in DC, questing for the perfect happy hour, and living that vegetarian life.

Dhanya Addanki lives in Columbia Heights. She’s an Indian-born Texas-raised Washington, DC transplant. She studied Journalism, History, and Non-profit Management at The University of Texas at Austin. She brought herself to DC to work in (be angry about) media and communications for non-profits. She’s got a healthy (maybe unhealthy) obsession with breaking stereotypes in media and changing traditional narratives.  She likes talking, writing, good puns, and sunshine. She even co-hosts a podcast about all of this stuff @greaterthanlive.

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. She studied public policy with an emphasis on gender and policy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN after growing up in the beautiful hills of West Virginia. 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.

David Oliver lives in Adams Morgan. He majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and successfully ignored pleas from his grandfather to take an accounting class. He’s now tweeting and writing away as an associate social media editor at U.S. News & World Report and will be attending Johns Hopkins University for graduate school part-time this summer. He also freelances, writes a weekly TV newsletter “The Antenna” and sometimes leaves his apartment to go for a run and/or see friends. Some call his tweets garbage, others…nope, they’re all garbage.

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.

Rachel Mulbry is a partially-legitimate DC native (if the People’s Republic of Takoma Park counts) who now lives in Columbia Heights. She studied Middle East Studies and Environmental Science at McGill University in Montreal, and probably should have stayed in Canada, but despite her best efforts, she couldn’t stay away from DC for long. She now works on urban conservation and spends as much time as possible picnicking in DC parks. (@rachelcarita)

Emeritus

Leah Salgado lives in Arlington. She studied whatever she wanted (Interdisciplinary Studies) at Cornell University where she was president of the nerds (the debate team). She spends her days advocating for educational equality and being frustrated by government bureaucracy. In the evenings, she is perfecting her happy hour game. In general, she loves DC, but could do without the humidity. (@leah_salgado)
Christina Pappas lived in Chinatown. She studied psychology and economics at Tufts University, where she was Features Editor of the daily paper. By day, she’s a data wonk consulting with big-thinking nonprofits and foundations. By night, she fearlessly investigates happy hours, tries to perfect her pool game, and writes and edits for 730DC. She’s got a lot of life goals, but right now she really wants to learn how to paddleboard. (@clpsays)

 

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