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Breaking Down Guest of a Guest’s Hot Hundred List

We examine the 2011 list of Washington’s 100 top scenesters under 30.

Chris Pontius and Britt McHenry. Photographs by Sophie Pyle.

The team at the Web site Guest of a Guest took the plunge and ends 2011 by letting us know who they consider to be the “Hot Hundred” Washingtonians age 30 and under. “This is the first year we have done this list,” says Sophie Pyle, editor of Guest of a Guest, who plans to make it an annual compilation. “People on the list were picked because I had seen them around town,” she explains. “It’s a social list of people who are interesting and attractive.”

Pyle herself is a veteran of the local social scene, and is known for costarring in an almost cultish DC-based reality show—Blonde Charity Mafia—which was shot in 2009 and canceled before ever airing in America, but found a following in Australia and on the Web.

We’ve taken Pyle’s list, broken it down by industry, and added professional backgrounds to the names where we could.* We concede this is by no means scientific or definitive, and clearly it skews toward the North and West sides of DC, but it’s a fun list; one assumes those on it enjoy a party. There’s surely at least another 100 under-30s who qualify, and we hope to hear about them in 2012.

George Foulard and Marisa Cattoi.

Here’s the breakdown:


Pat Andrews (health-care consulting program manager)

Bess Chapman (consultant, IBM global business services)

Bill Collier (operations manager, Energy+Light+Control)

Samir Kapadia (financial analyst, Bluestone Logic)

Zachary Leonsis (Monumental Sports)

Ginni MacNeil (consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton)

Keri Ann Meslar (Coca-Cola)

Daniel Phillips (analyst, ML Strategies)

Sam Smythe (Rothschild)

Samantha Sutton (UBS Bank)

Andrew Warin (Booz Allen Hamilton)

Tahera Zamanzada (principal, Green Route)

Beauty and Fashion

Lolly Amons

Stefanie Ball (model and blogger)

Ashley Boalch (Miss DC 2011, and a University of Maryland senior)

Samantha Casey (Miss Virginia 2010)

Nat Disston (cofounder, Voy Voy clothing line)

Kate Marie Grinold (Miss DC 2008, now works in development)

John Paul Hamilton (director, Miss Sinergy)

Crystal Hannon (owner, Crystal Jo)

Lydia Hu (Miss Sinergy 2012)

Colin Hunter (cofounder, Alton Lane custom tailor)

Peyton Jenkins (cofounder, Alton Lane custom tailor)

Krista Johnson (owner, Ella-Rue boutique)

Sondra Ortagus (THE Artist Agency)

Hilary Rhoda (model)

Monique Thompkins (Miss DC 2012)

Micha Weinblatt (owner, Crooked Monkey T-shirts)

George Foulard and Marisa Cattoi.

Real Estate

Sergio Arzadum (Lerner Enterprises)

Brannen Blazer (Next Realty Mid-Atlantic)

Frank Craighill (JBG Companies)

Jack Eshelman (consultant, IBM Global Business Services)

James Kennedy (associate, Public Properties)

Diana Minshall (TTR Sotheby’s International Realty)

Candace Maslan Ourisman (Long & Foster)

Charles Paret (Paxton Stuart)

Allison Prescott (PNC Realty Investors)

Jon Taft (assistant director of construction and development services, Taft Family Offices)

Ashley Taylor (Century 21)

Becca Thorsen (customer relations, Thorsen Construction)

Politics/Government/Public Affairs/PR

Zoe Bibb (US Office of Public Policy)

Anna Cloeter (Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights)

Alyssa Farah (College Republicans National Committee)

Robert Flock (Quinn, Gillespie & Associates)

Meredith Griffanti (office of Representative Paul Broun)

Erika Paola Gutierrez (epgPR)

Lauren Hickey (office of Representative John Sarbanes)

Richard Lee (congressional aide)

Nick Magallanes (office of Senator Lamar Alexander)

Britney Miller (analyst, Department of Homeland Security)

Modele “Modi” Oyewole (New Media Strategies)

Josie Taylor (events, Ronald Reagan Building)


Nicklas Backstrom (Washington Capitals)

Chris Cooley (Washington Redskins)

Christy Oglevee Cooley (former Redskins cheerleader, wife of Chris)

Mike Green (Washington Capitals)

Brooks Laich (Washington Capitals)

Devon McTavish (DC United)

Chris Pontius (DC United)

Ryan Zimmerman (Washington Nationals)


Heather Downen (Venga)

Lindsey Downen (Venga)

Eddie Frederick (LivingSocial)

Russ Kaulback (Ignited Discovery)

Reed Landry (Late Night Shots)

Cori Sue Morris (Bitches Who Brunch)

Tim O’Shaughnessy (LivingSocial)

Yana Ossenova (Micro Strategy)

Blair Stevens (Wedding Wire)

Jonathan Neman, Nic Jammet, and Nate Ru.


Lindsey Becker ( DC Modern Luxury)

Elliott Bisnow (Bisnow Media)

Quinn Bradlee (author, columnist)

Joel Holland (Footage Firm, Entrepreneur Magazine)

Tommy McFly (Fresh FM)

Britt McHenry (WJLA)

David E. Nichols (Den Nichols Photography)

Will Rabbe ( The Chris Matthews Show)

Luke Russert (NBC News)

Nikki Schwab (Yeas & Nays columnist)

Cynne Simpson (WJLA)


Bill Brewer (JM Zell Partners)

Kaitlyn Reilly


George Foulard (Georgetown University Medical School)

Katy Goeke (student, Georgetown; pediatric intensive care unit nurse at Children’s National Medical Center)


Fritz Brogan (Mason Inn and Kitchen)

Nick Cafritz (deejay)

Marisa Cattoi (Georgetown University)

Win Huffman (the Capital Club)

Nicolas Jammet (Sweetgreen)

Liz Owens (Cvent)

Hollis Pica (Co Co. Sala)

Nate Ru (Sweetgreen)

Chris Wirth (concierge, the Jefferson)


Coventry Burke Berg (Rare Conservation)

Caroline Biden (niece of Vice President Biden)

Jacqueline Cooke (daughter of Jack Kent Cooke)

Ava Deylami (student; Women’s Committee Member, Washington Ballet)

Katherine Kennedy (Availor Philanthropy)

Sally Steibel


*This list has been updated from the original post. We apologize for any confusion. 

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