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Most Influential Washingtonian in Public Policy

On July 27, 2022, Washingtonian The 500 Most Influential People celebration began at Union Station in the East Concourse. Over 200 guests enjoyed delicious sips, bites and entertainment to honor the esteemed leaders featured in Washingtonianit is 500 most influential people feature film curated by journalist David Catanese.

Attendees sipped summer-inspired cocktails concocted by designer kitchencourtesy of Revolutionary Beverage Groupand savored a variety of delicious appetizers and festive desserts. Special Events at Union Station and CC rental enhanced the elegant decor, incorporating a patriotic palette adorned with brocade and gold. Guests enjoyed discovering personality traits with an internationally renowned handwriting expert Beverly East and custom engraved Washingtonian goblets and glasses Pretty mail calligraphy. Photo stations provided by Washington Talent Agencyy gave guests the opportunity to enjoy Washingtonian cover photos to commemorate the moment.

Later that evening, Washingtonian CEO and President Catherine Merrill Williams shared heartfelt remarks with the audience:

“To paraphrase Teddy Roosevelt, it’s much easier to be the critic than the one who fights in the ring. I deeply wish that the rest of the country could know and understand the work of the people in this room – advocates for healthcare from healthcare to immigration to energy and education to business Thank you for doing your best every day to make America a better place to live.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible:
Gold Sponsors: Amazon, American Bankers Association, United Airlines, and the United States Chamber of Commerce.

Silver Sponsors: American Beverage Association, AT&T, Charter Communications, SVC Health, NextEra Energyand NFP.

Thank you to our event supplier partners: designer kitchen, Special Events at Union Station, CC rental, Revolutionary drink, Washington Talent Agencyand Lee’s Card and Flower Shop.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Trust for the National Mallan organization dedicated to preserving, restoring and enriching our nation’s treasures.

Photographs by Dan Swartz/Revamp and Jeff Elkins

Amazon Public Policy Team: Rachael Lighty, Jillian Irvin, Holly Sullivan, Andrea Fava, Brian Huseman, Nicole Jefferson, Jena Gross, Ashleigh de la Torre and Steve Hartell at the Washingtonian's 500 Most Influential People Celebration
Rachael Lighty, Jillian Irvin, Holly Sullivan, Andrea Fava, Brian Huseman, Nicole Jefferson, Jena Gross, Ashleigh de la Torre and Steve Hartell
Jess Sharp, James Ballentine, Scott Anderson and Jesselie Anderson at The Washingtonian's 500 Most Influential People Celebration
Jess Sharp, James Ballentine, Scott Anderson and Jesselie Anderson
Miller Whitehouse-Levine, Lon Goldstein, Bruce Johnson and Kristin Smith at The Washingtonian's 500 Most Influential People Celebration
Miller Whitehouse-Levine, Lon Goldstein, Bruce Johnson and Kristin Smith
Michelle Russo and Bill Miller at The Washingtonian's 500 Most Influential People Celebration
Michelle Russo and Bill Miller
John sonsalla, Franklin Davis and Jesse Barba
Cameron Goodman, Phil Musser, Mary O'Donnell and Krista Powers at The Washingtonian's 500 Most Influential People Celebration
Cameron Goodman, Phil Musser, Mary O’Donnell and Krista Powers
Catherine Merrill Williams, President and CEO of Washingtonian
Catherine Merrill Williams, president and CEO of Washingtonian, shares her remarks.
Rob Nichols, Lezlee Westine and Ed Gillespie
Cynthia Terell and Antigone Davis at The Washingtonian's 500 Most Influential People Celebration
Cynthia Terell and Antigone Davis
Elyse Holtz, Whitney Hubbard and Aminata Ly at The Washingtonian's 500 Most Influential People Celebration
Elyse Holtz, Whitney Hubbard and Aminata Ly
John Brittain, Catherine Merrill Williams and Richard Kahlenberg
Julie Moore, Catherine Townsend and Stacy Kerr
Maryam Mujica, Lauren Culbertson Grieco and Stephanie Penn
Nicole Richardson, Andrea Fava, Steve Hartell and Jamie Wall
Guests enjoyed lime tequila, cucumber vodka, and Kentucky bourbon and bacon mules made by Design Cuisine, courtesy of Breakthru Beverage.
Handwriting expert, Beverley East, provided a detailed individual analysis of personality traits from participants’ handwriting samples.
The Washington Talent Agency provided guests with personalized Washingtonian cover photo opportunities.
Decorative flowers designed by Lee's Flower & Card Shop during the Washingtonian's 500 Most Influential Celebration
Decorative flowers designed by Lee’s Flower & Card Shop.
Annie from Pretty Mail Calligraphy provided a personalized glass and tumbler engraving of Washington.
Guests enjoyed a variety of delicious bites curated by Design Cuisine during the Washingtonian's 500 Most Influential People Celebration.
Guests enjoyed a variety of delicious bites curated by Design Cuisine.
Kirsten Holtz Naim

Senior Events Director

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