The 25 Most Influential Washington Women Under 35

July 11, 2013, 11:48 a.m.

Thou­sands of young wo­men flock to Wash­ing­ton each year, armed with de­grees in fields as di­verse as polit­ic­al sci­ence, com­mu­nic­a­tions, pub­lic policy, and eco­nom­ics. Mostly, they come for jobs, fueled by en­ergy and even ideal­ism. Some­times it takes a while for their ef­forts to have an im­pact. But not al­ways.

This year, Na­tion­al Journ­al’s an­nu­al Wo­men of Wash­ing­ton list fo­cuses on in­di­vidu­als un­der 35 who quickly made their mark in Con­gress, think tanks, lobby shops, fed­er­al agen­cies, and oth­er ven­ues. Lists like these are highly un­scientif­ic, so this year, in ad­di­tion to so­li­cit­ing sug­ges­tions from our staff, we asked mem­bers and read­ers—through e-mail, Face­book and Twit­ter—to nom­in­ate young wo­men who had already made a dif­fer­ence. We were flooded with re­sponses.

Then: the hard part. Trim­ming the list to the 25 most in­flu­en­tial was easi­er than get­ting an im­mig­ra­tion bill through Con­gress—but just barely. The res­ult re­flects a range of D.C. pro­fes­sions. It in­cludes both of the fe­male House mem­bers un­der 35, three House staffers, three Sen­ate aides, two re­port­ers, three ex­ec­ut­ive-branch em­ploy­ees, two White House staffers, three polit­ic­al strategists, three lob­by­ists, and four think-tank ana­lysts.

Kristen Soltis Anderson, 29, Vice President, The Winston Group ©2013 Richard A. Bloom
Jaime Herrera Beutler, 34, Representative, R-Wash., 3rd Congressional District 2010 CHET SUSSLIN/2019568478
Rachel Bovard, 29, Legislative Director, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. ©2013 Richard A. Bloom
Erin Currier, 34, Director, Economic Mobility Project, Pew Charitable Trusts National Journal
LaDavia Drane, 30, Executive Director, Congressional Black Caucus ©2013 Richard A. Bloom
Eugenia Edwards, 34, Public Policy Adviser, Patton Boggs National Journal
Denise Feriozzi, 33, Emily's List National Journal
Nicole Foltz, 30, Counsel, House Budget Committee (C)2012 RICHARD A BLOOM
Heather Foster, 32, Public Engagement Adviser, White House Office of Public Engagement National Journal
Tulsi Gabbard, Representative, D-Hawaii, 2nd Congressional District ©2013 Richard A. Bloom
Julianna Goldman, 32, White House reporter, Bloomberg News Bloomberg
Kristal Quarker Hartsfield, 32, National Field Director for African-American Initiatives, Republican National Committee National Journal
Ayesha Khanna, 33, Counsel and Policy Adviser, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. National Journal
Annie Lowrey, 28, Economic Policy Reporter, The New York Times Washington Bureau National Journal
Anne MacMillan, 34, Deputy Chief of Staff, Agriculture Department National Journal
Pepper Pennington Natonski, 30, Cheif of Staff, Re[. Richard Hudson, R-N.C. National Journal
Lauren Oppenheimer, 34, Deputy Director, Economic Program, Third Way ©2013 Richard A. Bloom
Jennifer Psaki, 34, Spokeswoman, State Department AP
Lila Rose, 24, President and founder, Live Action National Journal
Hayden Rhudy, 30, senior health policy advisor, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah National Journal
Racquel Russell, 34, Deputy Assistant to the President, Urban Affairs and Economic Mobility National Journal
Amy Shlossman, 30, Chief of Staff, Department of Homeland Security National Journal
Cameron Smith, 28, Chief Operating Officer, American Action Forum National Journal
Samantha Smith, 27, Manager of Global Communications and Public Affairs, Google ©2013 Richard A. Bloom
Katherine Vargas, 30, White House Director of Hispanic Media ©2013 Richard A. Bloom

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