We hear you’ve had some brushes with fame while working on the Hill. Tell us about them.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot of wonderful celebrity policy advocates through my work on education and disability issues on Capitol Hill. The one actress I’ve seen most often is Jennifer Garner, who is the Artist Ambassador for Save the Children. She is very well-versed and engaged on the issue of high-quality early childhood education, so it is always fun to hear her lobby members. And, importantly, she is a really nice person.
You’ve had a lot of exotic travels. What was your favorite?
You’re right, I have! Picking a favorite is so difficult because there are so many interesting places to which I’ve been. Most recently, I traveled to Tokyo (by myself, no less!) and ate the best sushi of my life. The Japanese are polite and hospitable. I’d recommend anyone who travels there to reserve a Tokyo Free Guide, who will take you anywhere you want to go, so long as you pay for their food and transit fare. With my guide, I was able to receive a tour of the Japanese Parliament (they don’t let non-Japanese speakers on the tour!) Touring legislative buildings is something I like to do in each capital I visit throughout the world, to do a little compare and contrast with my own Capitol back home. My next goal is to make it to South America (could happen this summer…)
Tell us about your love of college sports.
I’m a pretty rabid Wisconsin fan. Actually, extremely rabid. Most Saturdays in the fall, you can find me at Hamilton’s Bar and Grill with my friends watching football. I watched the Badgers play in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl this year and it was a blast. I’m fairly active with the Wisconsin Alumni Association; besides watching sports with them, I play team sports, volunteer, and convince other DC natives to also go to Wisconsin.
What are your plans for Passover?
First night, I’m going home to my parents’ house in Silver Spring for Seder with them and my brother. I always like our festive meals because my parents try new dishes, but we never, ever skip on the matzo ball soup. On the second night, I’ll be going to my friend Jessica’s house. I need to make a vegetable side dish for her dinner. Do your readers have any suggestions?