You Should Know… Max Levitt

Two years ago, Max Levitt founded Leveling the Playing Field to find a new home for old sports equipment. The Silver Spring-based nonprofit gives underserved children in the D.C. area the opportunity to participate in youth sports by providing donated used/excess sporting equipment. Now, as a result of partnerships with universities, professional sports franchises and other… Read More

You Should Know… Daniel J. Gilman

Need a lesson in Egyptian pop music? Daniel J. Gilman knows a thing or two about it. His newly published book, Cairo Pop: Youth Music in Contemporary Egypt (University of Minnesota Press), analyzes the relationship between pop music and nationalism in the Arab world. Gilman, 36, began writing the book in 2011 during the Arab… Read More

You should know… Rafi Prober

As WJW reported on its cover earlier this month, the French government has signed an agreement acknowledging the role of its national rail company, SNCF, in deporting 76,000 Jews and others to concentration camps during the Holocaust. The settlement will provide a $60 million fund for survivors and their families. The agreement, which was signed… Read More

You should know… Ami Greener

If you’re thinking about planning a trip to Costa Rica, you might want to book one with Ami Greener. The founder of Greener Travel and an environmental entrepreneur, the 40-year-old Adams Morgan resident founded the eco-tourism company four years ago after visiting the Finca Rio Perla on the Caribbean side of the country. Originally from… Read More

You Should Know…Amy Saidman

Washington, D.C., has become a thriving area for storytelling, and you can thank Amy Saidman for that. Deemed the city’s “storytelling matriarch,” by DC Modern Luxury, Saidman, 44, is the executive artistic director of SpeakeasyDC, a hotspot for storytelling classes and performances. While Saidman is a storytelling pro (she’s been at it since 2001), she… Read More

You Should Know…Benjamin Corey Feinblum

As a professional magician, Benjamin Corey Feinblum brings his see-it-to-believe-it acts to conferences, corporate events, theaters and even bar and bat mitzvahs across the country. But the 35-year-old got his start in the business of literally wowing people in Maryland. Originally from the Annapolis area, Feinblum studied at the University of Maryland, College Park and… Read More

You Should Know…Max Bluestein

Like many young professionals in D.C., Max Bluestein is multitalented. When he’s not doing important work at an identity-document security think tank, the 30-year-old Columbia Heights resident is schooling the entire District on the art of winning pickle-eating competitions and blogging for The Times of Israel. Raised in Atlanta, Bluestein received his undergrad degree from… Read More

You Should Know…Bayla Whitten

Fresh off performing an array of Carole King’s hit songs at a sold-out performance at the JCC of Northern Virginia last weekend, Bayla Whitten is keeping busy. The 30-year-old singer and stage actress, originally from Alexandria, is turning her cabaret performance of the legendary singer-songwriter’s tunes into an album and is also a regular performer… Read More

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