Hayden Higgins studied anthropology at Davidson College and organizes for local climate action with DC Divest while working at World Resources Institute. He is a contributing editor at The Morning News and a co-founder of 730DC. (@hscotthiggins)
Lily Strelich lives in Park View. She studied German and geology at Occidental College, where she spent a lot of time outside. She’s grateful for her new life as an indoor cat, covering science news as a freelance writer/editor. She’s also a bad illustrator, biking evangelist, and shameless west coast stereotype. She shreds on the accordion. (@lilystrelich)
Colleen Shaffer was born in DC and now lives as a grown-up on U St. She studied anthropology at Columbia and now works in tech and regularly wears a hoodie in the office. In her spare time, Colleen runs around chasing frisbees, bikes around avoiding cars, and soaks up the glorious humidity of DC summers. (@ceshaff)
David Meni lives in Petworth. He’s currently works as a analyst in welfare and tax policy, and occasionally has stints as a barista, courier, or mechanic. You can catch him writing for Greater Greater Washington or as a co-host of MuniciPals wherever you get your podcasts. David loves exploring DC culture past and present, and will chew your ear off about public transit and development if you let him. (@thedavidmeni)
Matt Gayer lives in Brookland. After a fairly nomadic few years, he is happy to have settled in DC for the long haul. Matt works at the Catalogue for Philanthropy, a nonprofit network of 400+ grassroots and local organizations. He loves his job and the folks he gets to meet, and loves exploring DC's 131 (?!) neighborhoods while finding the hidden gems of this great city."
Andrew Peng lives in a 225 sq ft. microunit in Dupont and never shuts up about it. He studied urbanism by way of Sociology and Environmental Studies at Tufts University, and now does something development-related at a non-profit. He likes alcohol, normal human interaction, and reading good poems (and bad people). Twitter account too offensive to link here.
Dalton Vogler lives in Adams Morgan and makes good use of it by going to bed incredibly early. He studied English and Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and currently handles digital marketing for Arcadia Power. When he's not at work or writing, you can find Dalton gardening in Kalorama, studying Japanese, and pretending to be a professional Smash player. (@daltonvogler)
Jessica Sheng is a Jersey native now living in Park View. In her free time, she tries to live up to the neighborhood's name by spending ample time in Malcolm X Park. During the day, she works on digital projects at a media company and is fascinated by the intersection of urban communities, technology, and culture. Maybe one of these days she'll complete the transformation into a DC dweller and try Sweetgreen for the first time. (@jessheng15)
Kiki Pierce lives in Columbia Heights but often romanticizes their past dwellings in the District’s NE and SE quadrants. When Kiki isn’t at work or hanging out on their fire escape, you can find them playing pinball at Lyman's while reciting fun facts about their home state of Oklahoma to anyone who will listen. (@low_key_key)
Katie Malone recently moved to Park View after finishing undergrad at American University. Between working her day job as a government technology reporter and studying to get her next degree, she can be found seeking recommendations for DC’s best happy hour deals or masquerading as a contemporary art critic. (@kathrynamalone)
Nina Kanakarajavelu is a woman about town but currently hangs her hat in Columbia Heights. She is gainfully employed and dedicates much of her free time to local organizing, keeping up with the internet's latest hot takes, and making extremely niche Spotify playlists.
Christina Pappas moved to D.C. for a new job in 2014, and quickly reached out to the then-on-a-break 730DC to see how she could help get it (re) started. She studied psychology and economics at Tufts University and is currently getting her MBA at Berkeley-Haas, where she focuses on human-centered design and innovation.
Michael Mellody was born in the D.C. suburbs and has lived in Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter. He studied English at Davidson College and is currently getting his MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He's passionate about all things media and is a co-founder of 730DC.
Nick Desien lived in Bloomingdale at the start of 730DC, but currently calls Petworth home. Like a cliche urban-dwelling millennial, he enjoys his house plants, bike, and thick-framed glasses. Once an Atlantic Media Fellow, he now works in data analytics in the health care space. He is a voracious consumer of media and a co-founder of 730DC
Erik Lampmann started working with 730 beginning in early 2015, back when the newsletter had just peaked 1,000 subscribers. Over two and a half years, he contributed to the 730 blog, worked on some of 730's first IRL events, and wrote many, many a "to know." He's taking an extended hiatus from DC to get his law degree at Penn with returning from the land of Rocky and cheesesteaks soon.
Tomás Deza grew up in Tucumán, Argentina, and now lives in Columbia Heights. He studied film at the University of Maryland and thinks he should probably have a better voice impersonation of Werner Herzog by now. He admires doors on walks, learns best through soccer analogies, and gives the evil eye to people who balance on their bikes at red lights. (@tomas_deza)
Rachel Mulbry is a partially-legitimate DC native (does Takoma Park count?) who now lives in Columbia Heights and writes for 730DC en español. She did her undergrad in Montreal, and probably should have stayed in Canada, but despite her best efforts, she couldn’t stay away from DC for long. After spending time in Ecuador, she now works in urban conservation and spends as much time as possible on her bike and in DC parks. (@rachelcarita)
Ashira Morris, Yuri Chang, Elsa Voytas, Leah Salgado, John Harding, Dhanya Addanki, David Oliver, Margaret Kaufmann, Sheehan Whelan, Lovinia Reynolds, Ellen Squires, Julie Rubin and Linda Flynn have also contributed.