Hometown: Nashua, N.H.
Political party: Rather not say
Relationship status: Spoken for
Rob Fallon has some unusual advice for a guy whose job it is to anonymously stand behind the president's picks: make sure you stand out — when it's appropriate.
As the point person charged with ushering State Department nominees through the Senate, Fallon says it's important to look like you have a personality. He says that helps build human connections on and off Capitol Hill.
"Especially in a city like D.C., which is so homogeneous in a lot of ways, to see somebody who has a little bit of uniqueness to them, I think is really connective between people," Fallon said.
His style secrets: "wacky" socks with dashes of color, a stone pendant and bracelets that remind him of the places he's traveled, and suits that look like they were made just for him.
"I would say if you're a guy, get a good tailor," recommends Fallon, who gets his suits off the rack at the Leesburg, Va., outlets. "It's lost in the modern age for some reason. I think it's underrated. It's cheap, and it's a force multiplier."
Eating healthy isn't Fallon's strong suit — cookie binges and a Twix for lunch are typical — so he stays in fighting shape by training for adventure races like the Spartan Race, a souped-up obstacle course.
"I think my body can only handle about one a year," he said. "You come to work the next day and you look like someone worked you over pretty good."
Fallon joined the State Department through the Presidential Management Fellows program. He's had his legislative job for three years, and says it suits him ideally.
"It's more action-based than a lot of stuff in the federal government sometimes is, which I like," Fallon explains. "You have a very real tally of your wins and losses."
To relax after work, Fallon plays guitar. He's always trying to start new bands, he says, but they never last long enough to even get a name.
"I was always the guy trying to mix and match — if there's such a thing as Dubstep blues, let's try that," Fallon said. "And by the way, there isn't ... and for a reason."
— Julian Pecquet