You Should Know…Valerie Hillman

If anyone lives and breathes downtown Bethesda, it’s Valerie Hillman. The 29-year-old was born and raised in the urban area right outside of D.C.—and living just a five-minute walk away from her job as marketing and communications manager for Bethesda Urban Partnership, she helps the nonprofit promote the downtown area and all it has to… Read More

You Should Know…Erika Ettin

Erika Ettin helps people find love with her online dating help service, A Little Nudge, but don’t expect her to publicly reveal whether there’s someone special in her life. “I try to keep my business life separate from my personal life,” the 33-year-old D.C. resident told WJW. “There’s so much room for it to overlap… Read More

You Should Know…Paul Teller

Paul Teller was raised by liberal Jewish parents on Long Island, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a highly influential conservative aide in Congress. Teller is Sen. Ted Cruz’s chief of staff, a position for which he is both praised and scrutinized – The Hill recently described him as Cruz’s “agitator in chief.” A… Read More

You Should Know…Stacy Miller

Growing up in the Reston-Herndon area, Stacy Miller says she didn’t have many Jewish friends in high school. Now, facilitating Jewish friendships is her full-time job. The 31-year-old Arlington resident is the founder of NOVA Tribe Series, a Northern Virginia-based organization that provides creative programming and activities for Jews in their 20s and 30s, with… Read More

You Should Know…Shayna Blass

By the time the Washington, D.C., theater scene’s 2014-2015 season comes to a close, Shayna Blass might take top honors as its MVP. The bubbly actress, singer and dancer currently stars as a master of disguise in Theater J’s Yentl, playing the character of the same name: A young girl in 19th-century Eastern Europe who… Read More

You Should Know…Rae Antonoff

For Rae Antonoff, a thousand words are worth a single picture. Micrography, also known as “microcalligraphy,” is the creation of Hebrew text that, at a distance, is perceived as an image: It is tedious, it is intricate, and it is also Antonoff’s specialty. The artist behind these illusionary designs is also a University of Maryland… Read More

You Should Know…Ronen Landa

As a music composer for films, Ronen Landa has made people scream, laugh and cry, all thanks to the sounds he creates. The 34-year-old Potomac native has scored a number of films of varying genres – including the romantic drama Divergence, the coming-of-age international drama Festival of Lights and, most recently, the supernatural horror flick… Read More

You should know…Natalie Rosenfelt

What another recipe is for a chef, another industry is to Natalie Rosenfelt. A lawyer for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, the 30-something Penn Quarter resident says that one of the best parts of her job is learning new information about various industries and how they compete. Originally from Northern Virginia, Rosenfelt… Read More