Who are WASHINGTON WALKS guides? We:
- Have an ongoing love affair with Washington D.C.’s history–its residents, architecture, and cultural significance–and like nothing better than sharing stories about those people and places.
- Have resided in the D.C. area for a collective total of 429 years.
- Are college educated, many with advanced degrees.
- Claim diverse professional backgrounds: our roster of guides includes everyone from actors to journalists, from fundraisers to retirees who had been lawyers, librarians, and travel writers.
- Regard exploring the city on foot as the best way to experience it.
ANDREW has always understood and appreciated the power of a good story to capture, persuade, and inspire audiences of all sizes.One of his favorite personal anecdotes is still his moment of genuine speechlessness and wonder during his childhood visit to the Grand Canyon. Fueled by a passion for history (particularly for our country’s greatest Raconteur-in-Chief, Abraham Lincoln) Andrew has honed his skills by leading countless tours over the years, from the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg and Antietam to the iconic paths along Lafayette Park and the Tidal Basin. Even after five years in D.C., Andrew remains an eternal tourist, and can often be found jogging around the Mall, walking through Freedom Plaza, or trekking to Roosevelt Island. Andrew looks forward to his inaugural year with Washington Walks, and hopes that you will join him to learn and explore all the compelling stories this wonderful city has to offer. Andrew holds a B.A in History from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., and currently works in Bethesda in International Public Health and Business Development.
BRENDA has lived in Washington, D.C., since 1982 when she helped launch USA Today newspaper as one of its founding editors. For decades, she told short, grabby, pertinent stories in print. Now, she enjoys telling stories face-to-face on tour. Brenda has traveled in 49 states (how did she miss North Dakota?) and 38 countries from Argentina to Zimbabwe. Once, to celebrate their milestone middle-age birthdays, she persuaded high school girlfriends to go on a long walk with her — to the floor of the Grand Canyon and back up, up, up. They’re still friends.
BRIAN is a local DC history nerd who specializes in the development of the city and its neighborhoods. His day day job is collecting and mapping historical data on the city’s buildings. He actually thinks it’s fun! But never fear, Brian is a well-known speaker on these subjects and has been guiding people around the city for over 20 years. When it comes to the memorials, Brian is a Lincoln Man all the way.
CAROLYN attributes her devotion to walking tours to her husband, who showed her the sites of his hometown on foot when she arrived to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. She studied English and Art History as an undergraduate. A New England native, when she craves a taste of her home turf she heads to A. Litteri, Inc., an Italian market in Northeast D.C. The person making history in D.C. whom she most admires is Seth Goldman, founder of beverage company Honest Tea. Carolyn serves on the board of The Welders, a Playwrights’ Collective. She is the founder of Washington Walks.
CHRISTINA attributes her love of history and walking to Sunday afternoon family walks at historic spots in her native Ohio. She is a 40 year resident of the DC area and had a career in electronic libraries. She is a member of The Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, D.C. She volunteers at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the Folger Theater. Christina’s earliest memory of a national park is Great Smoky Mountains park in Tennessee where she loved to race to the edge of scenic overlooks ahead of her parents! She holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Indiana University and a B.A. in Spanish from Miami University in Ohio.
DAVID traces his love of history to having grown up next to Old Bethpage Village Restoration, a recreated mid-19th century living history village on Long Island. He moved to the D.C. area in 2003 following a stint as a park ranger at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York City. David volunteers at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum in Old Town Alexandria where he shows off one of 18th century Virginia’s classiest establishments. One of the things David likes best about D.C. is how easy it is to get around by bike and on mass transit. He serves on the board of directors for Alexandria’s DASH Bus System and is a frequent user of Capital Bikeshare. Jones Point, which has great views of the Potomac River and one of the original DC boundary stones embedded in the shoreline, is the closest National Park Service site to David’s home, and it’s a great spot for a break when walking or biking along the Mount Vernon Trail.
DWANE is a full-time actor-performer in Greater Washington-Baltimore. He recently spent two years portraying scientist and founding Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry at the National Museum of American History. He also channels John Philip Sousa on the walking tour, “Marching Along with John Philip Sousa,” along with Mark Twain on another one, “Twain in D.C.” Besides the three aforementioned individuals he also brings to life Clarence Darrow, Walter Cronkite, Robert Frost, & Ebenezer Scrooge. Dwane holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado. He is a member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides-D.C. as well as the Association of Oldest Inhabitants, and lives near the C&O Canal.
HAYDEN moved to D.C. in 1972. He is active in the D.C. Preservation League, preparing Historic Landmark Nominations for endangered buildings. He is former archivist for the Sumner School and Archives, where he catalogued the historical records of the D.C. Public Schools. Hayden is currently completing a book titled Mangy Curs and Stoned Horses: Animal Control in the District of Columbia and has published studies on the history of Buzzard Point and the Urban-Renewal Parks of SW Washington. He holds a BA and MA in East Asian Studies and lives near Ft. Bunker Hill.
JIM is a retired attorney now pursuing his life-long passion for politics, history, and the capital city’s neighborhoods. An avid world traveler, he often takes walking tours himself when abroad. He’s also a self-described orator who puts his talent to perfect use guiding walks himself, including tours at Tudor Place, where he is a docent. Jim holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. and a J.D. from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C. He and his wife enjoy going for strolls and cycling in bucolic Rock Creek Park, near their home.
LINDA fell in love with Washington, DC in 2007 when she visited for the first time for her friend’s birthday celebration. In just one weekend she was hooked and destined to be a resident. In 2010, her dream became a reality when she moved to the Nation’s Capital to take a fundraising job at WAMU 88.5 – a member station of National Public Radio. Soon after she daydreamed of becoming a guide and was often stopped by tourists who thought she was a guide. Ultimately, she became a tour guide and is a member of The Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, D.C. When Linda is not raising money or guiding she enjoys taking a walk along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal reflecting on her good fortune to live, work, and play in D.C. She recommends everyone should visit and go all the way to the top of the Washington Monument to honor our first president, George Washington and to take in the spectacular views of the city. She holds a MBA and a B.S. in Management from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL.
MARY ANNE, a Washington area resident since 1972, is a former travel writer who’s convinced that the nation’s capital is the most fascinating city she’s ever covered. An avid architecture and history buff, she blends knowledge of the two fields in all of her Washington Walks, as well as those she leads in her own neighborhood of Chevy Chase, MD, one of the nation’s first streetcar suburbs. She produced an award-winning television documentary about Chevy Chase after she retired from a 30-year career in corporate communications. Since then, she has been a docent at the National Building Museum and the Christian Heurich House Museum. Mary Anne still remembers her first visit to a national park at age six – the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where she and her sisters proudly posed with an equally proud Cherokee Indian chieftan.
MEG is a history buff who feels that winning her high school’s History award only made her cooler. She is partial to haunted histories as she was born on Halloween. A native of Queens, NY, (with the occasional accent to prove it), she previously worked as a Ranger on the High Line in New York City. She has lived in D.C. for 4 years over 3 separates times – she loves the city so much that each time she has left she had to come back! Meg’s day job is licensed clinical social work and she is passionate about working with individuals experiencing homelessness. She received both her B.A.s in English and Sociology and Masters in Social Work from Fordham University, and serves on the board of CRISPAZ in El Salvador, where she lived and worked leading international delegations. Meg enjoys biking and jogging around the Mall, traveling to new places, presidential trivia, speaking Spanish, and passing time in her favorite place in D.C., Meridian Park.
PAUL is a professional journalist, former radio news anchor, actor, runner and history buff. A native of the New York/New Jersey area, he’s been exploring Washington’s crannies, cemeteries and memorials for 20 years and is in his third year with Washington Walks. He holds a bachelor of arts in communication from the University of Delaware and is an alumnus of Washington’s Studio Theatre Conservatory and Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts. He salutes the National Park Service on its quasquicentennial and has never forgotten his first visit to Rocky Mountain National Park in 1976. Paul lives near Fort Hunt Park, a less-familiar NPS treasure near Mount Vernon, and encourages visitors not to miss the quiet pleasures of Rock Creek Park, one of the nation’s first federally managed parks.
PHOEBE retired from the federal government several years ago, where she was involved in dry technical subjects. Tour guiding has unleashed her inner Liberal Arts major, and taken advantage of her degrees–a B.A. in History and a M.A. in City Planning. She has lived in Washington since college, and loves having time to pursue her interests in local history, the outdoors, and traveling. She lives near Great Falls National Park. Don’t miss her volunteer tours at the American History museum!
TERRY studied business and tourism at Clemson and earned her master’s degree in Heritage Planning and Management in England. She researched and put together the Le Droit Park tour. Terry enjoys learning about and discussing the architectural history of Washington. Terry still remembers how beautiful she found the landscape of Shenandoah National Park during her first visit at age 7.
TY is a South Louisiana transplant who has lived in and around the District for 11 years. Ty has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Rhodes College and works as a director and actor for various theatre groups around town. She is the former Artistic Director for Pallas Theatre Collective and is now managing a national tour for local non-profit Advocates for Youth. She recommends Rock Creek Park: upon entering, it’s literally seconds before you lose all sight and sound of the city – with tons of trails for hiking, it’s a day trip no-brainer!
VICTORIA is a professional actor and teaching artist who, after receiving two master’s degrees in Shakespeare, moved to the D.C. area in 2010. A year later, she co-founded Brave Spirits Theatre. As a teaching artist, she works primarily with Shakespeare Theatre Company and Ford’s Theatre, which is her favorite D.C. site maintained by the National Park Service. Victoria feels lucky to make her living by sharing her love of Shakespeare, performance, history, and oratory with students, teachers, and visitors from all over the country.