Allie: How did you wind up living in DC?
Harry: I’m from New York. I originally moved here for college at GW, and bounced around for a few years before coming back for law and policy school.
Allie: What are the biggest differences between New York and DC?
Harry: I miss New York pizza. But I’m very happy in DC, it’s a very livable city with a lot of hidden gems. You meet people from all over the world who speak about issues that matter.
Allie: I hear you work for the U.S. House of Representatives. What triggered your passion for politics?
Harry: I don’t like politics. I like policy. I don’t like the process of duking it out to make some ideological point. I like it when we can use our collective resources to make people’s lives better. This is very much about doing what’s right and helping people.
Allie: What is your dream day in DC from start to finish?
Harry: I would get out of DC and hike Old Rag.
Allie: What’s your favorite way to relax at the end of a long work week?
Harry: I really enjoy spending time with friends – hiking, traveling, going on road trips, doing yoga.
Allie: What is one place you really want to travel to?
Harry: The next two trips I’m thinking of doing are to Guatemala and Thailand. I’m very much looking forward to those. Traveling is probably my favorite thing to do. I like the sense of freedom, the adventure of pushing myself, and rediscovering the humanity in others.
Allie: Who is your role model?
Harry: Without a doubt, it’s John Lewis. He is a civil rights icon who was nearly murdered while fighting for the right to vote. It was partially through his advocacy that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed and he’s now been a member of Congress for quite some time. He is a strong moral voice, that unfortunately we need a lot of right now.
Allie: What is a skill you want to learn this year?
Harry: My goal for the year is to learn how to use chopsticks.
Allie: Complete the sentence: When Jews of DC Gather…
Harry: Things get interesting.
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