Photographed by Tony Powell

The CEO and President of Voto Latino and MSNBC Contributor shares the secrets to her city — where we’ve just opened a new store.

Washington, D.C. is…
A dynamic, energizing city where people convene to impact their world.

First-time visitors must see…
The Lincoln Memorial, because no matter how many times I visit, I always feel inspired.

Best place to make a difference in D.C.…
Martha’s Table

Best bookstore or library…
Kramerbooks, hands down.

Best place to view public art…
The Logan Circle and Dupont Circle art walks that happen once a quarter — galleries and art studios are open to the public.

Favorite place to power-lunch/dine with colleagues…
The Jefferson‘s Greenhouse for lunch is a must.

Favorite place to dine with my family…
For a date with my husband, Blue Duck Tavern for excellent food and a wonderful wine selection. If we’re with our one-year-old, then Founding Fathers it is. I never knew cornbread could taste so good.

Favorite place to take my daughter…
Meridian Hill Park on a Sunday for a picnic. D.C.’s artists gather for drum circles and dancing, and my daughter loves the music.

Place that has changed my life…
Working on Capitol Hill when I was fresh out of college. Capitol Hill taught me to negotiate, appreciate opposing viewpoints, and I had a front-row seat to learn from some of our country’s leaders on leadership itself. It was the best first job ever!

Where I go in D.C. to be inspired…
I walk the city — that’s my favorite pastime. I always discover a new restaurant, shops, galleries… or I learn a new piece of history.

Secret only a local would know…
Rock Creek Park connects the city, and it provides great bike paths, hiking and even fishing!

If you only have 24 hours in D.C., I recommend…
Brunch at Kafe Leopold in Georgetown, then walk to the Smithsonian to catch an IMAX movie — any IMAX! Then head down to the botanical gardens. After a wonderful day on the Mall, grab drinks at the W rooftop for a stunning view of the White House and the monuments. Finally, I recommend heading to 14th street and enjoying dinner at Le Diplomate.

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