Anthony Costa. A top official with the General Services Administration, which oversees 86 million square feet of property in Washington. He’s been involved with major DC development projects, including the Anacostia waterfront, Southeast Federal Center, and the former General Post Office.
Mike Krempasky. An Edelman PR exec and Internet guerilla activist. His RedState.com helped take down Dan Rather.
Robert Morse. The statistician who develops the surveys and ranking methodology—sometimes called Morse Code—for U.S. News’s college guide.
Alexandria Board of Architectural Review for Old Town. Unlike several other local citizen committees, this seven-member board has the power to say no to renovations and regulate changes.
Harry Rhoads and Bernie Swain. Founders of the Washington Speakers Bureau, which lines up high-dollar speaking deals for Washington celebrities, including Bob Woodward, Joe Theismann, and Madeleine Albright.
Audrey Cramer and Lois Zambo. Top commercial real-estate brokers. Cramer helped negotiate the SEC’s $4-billion deal for its Capitol Hill offices; Zambo handled the Gannett Tysons Corner move and the Freedom Forum’s $100-million purchase of the Newseum’s DC site.
Ann Stock and Lea Berman. Former White House social secretaries (Stock for Clinton, Berman for Reagan and George W. Bush) who still are networking pros.