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Gracie McKenzie grew up in Oregon and now lives in Mt. Pleasant, after a stopover in Somerville, Massachusetts. She works in journalism and has been to the end of every Metro line but still gets lost around L'Enfant. (@graciemckenzie for work updates; @gracieful for foster kitten pics)
Kieran Pierce can be found getting eaten alive by mosquitoes while gardening in their Brookland backyard, walking their golden doodle (Mia, named after Mia Hamm) all over the NE quadrant, or on their couch while diligently working through a massive to-watch movie list. Recommendations welcome. (@kp_ierce)
Sahar Roodehchi can usually be found bopping around Columbia Heights. When not working her day job as a digital strategist, she spends her time thinking about vegetarian recipes, perfecting her home chef skills, and eating. She loves a good farmers market, walks in parks, and well-loved library books. (@saharroo)
Anne Dolan grew up in Connecticut and moved to DC after college. After a hiatus organizing out west, she has happily boomeranged back to Shaw. She works in political tech and in her spare time she enjoys checking out an unreasonable number of books from the DC library and asking her friends to feed her dinner. (@annne16)
Andrew DeFrank is from Eastern Market. Before he (temporarily!) moved to New York for grad school, he lived in Ward 1 and designed new bus lanes at DDOT. He enjoys biking, hanging out in Malcolm X Park, and advocating for an affordable, growing, and enfranchised city. He thinks that gatekeeping DC authenticity is counterproductive, and that asking "what do you do?" is a normal way to make conversation. Andrew also writes for Greater Greater Washington. He loves this city.
Yousif Al-Amin can usually be found somewhere between his Columbia Heights apartment, Bruce Monroe Community Garden, or the Howard University McDonalds. He is a houseplant collector, proud bird dad, and avid baker. (@yalamin / @yousfulrecipes)
Abi Newhouse grew up in Utah but now lives in Adams Morgan (only once did she call it AdMo on the phone, and immediately apologized). She is a writer and editor with District Fray, a local events and lifestyle magazine, and she also hosts and produces a podcast called We're Here. She has a cat named Jo, who sometimes looks like a mouse, and other times looks like a bear. @abinewhouse
Sarah Cassell grew up in Utah and currently lives in Adams Morgan in her maximalist craigslist apartment with her gecko Wallace. When not at her "job," she performs sketch comedy, cares for too many plants, bikes around the city, and tells everyone to watch the best movie of all time, "Paddington 2." (@sarahrcassell)
Marissa Friedman has slowly been making her way down East Coast cities from Boston, to NYC, to Philly, to DC. She plans to stick around her Capitol Hill home for a while, where she loves to explore the city by bike and on walks with her dog, Charlie. When not writing for 730DC, Marissa works as an education consultant.
Annie Yi is a California native who now calls Lanier Heights home (and thinks her neighborhood could take on Mount Pleasant any day). When she’s not writing about art and creative living or giving tours at the National Gallery of Art, she’s keeping her two furbabies alive. Space exploration makes her weep at the beauty of it all.
Bianca Licitra is a former New Yorker who currently lives in Petworth. After moving to the DMV for grad school a few years back, they’ve stuck around in hopes of experiencing DC post-pandemic (still hasn’t happened). They organize for the DC Trans Book Club and think Kalorama is the city’s best park. When they’re not knees deep in a Youtube wormhole, Bianca enjoys bookstores, strong coffee, people watching, and being Italian.
Julia Knoerr is often found between her local yoga studio and planning elaborate dinner parties from her Mt. Pleasant kitchen. Originally from LA, she spends half the year very cold, yet remains committed to winter tennis. Julia works in the international media support sector by day and spends her nights caring for cats and dogs across D.C. (@juliaknoerr)
Also Writing: Michelle Goldchain, Julie Vitto, Abby Williams, and Nazia Khan
Co-Founders: Michael Mellody and Nick Desien
Editors and Writers: Christina Pappas, Nina Kanakarajavelu, Lily Strelich, Alyssa Alfonso, Rachel Abastillas, Ariana Mushnick, Patrick McMahon, Jessica Sheng, Michelle Delgado, Colleen Shaffer, David Meni, Rachel Mulbry, Tomás Deza, Matt Gayer, Marcus K. Dowling, Andrew Peng, Dalton Vogler, Katie Malon, Rahwa Fessehatzion, Hana Ford, Ashira Morris, Yuri Chang, Elsa Voytas, Leah Salgado, John Harding, Dhanya Addanki, David Oliver, Margaret Kaufmann, Sheehan Whelan, Lovinia Reynolds, Ilana Ostrin, Ellen Squires, Julie Rubin, Jay Venables, and Linda Flynn.