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The Guest List: January

Welcome to the Guest List, a monthly roundup of the eight people we’d most like to have over for drinks, good food, and conversation.

Vivek Kundra —The chief technology officer for the District, Kundra is taking on lots of interesting projects.

Desirée Rogers —Want an invite to the Obama White House? Best to make friends with the new White House social secretary, a business executive from Chicago who’s close to the First Family.

Bruce Stewart —The outgoing head of Sidwell Friends suddenly finds himself with the nation’s two most famous young pupils.

Whitney Matheson —The writer of USA Today’s popular Pop Candy blog is leaving Washington for New York City.

Art Smith Oprah Winfrey’s former chef and the “Art” at Capitol Hill’s new Art and Soul eatery, he might find himself with a big promotion to the kitchen at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Marian Robinson —The “First Granny” is moving to Washington and has loads of great stories about her daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids.

Said Jawad —Many of the top foreign-policy issues relate to the mountainous regions of Afghanistan, which Jawad represents as ambassador to the United States.

Lynn Sweet —The Chicago Sun-Times Washington correspondent finds herself the new first among equals as a longtime Obama watcher.

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This article first appeared in the January 2009 issue of The Washingtonian. For more articles from that issue, click here

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