50 Most Beautiful People for 2011: Page 20 of 50

50 Most Beautiful People for 2011



Age: 22
Hometown: Arlington Heights, Ill.
Political Party: Republican
Relationship status: “Mingling — not single, not in a relationship.”

Alyssa Palisi came to Washington to be a staff assistant to Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), and she’s ended up a softball coach.

Palisi organizes “Where My Pitches At?,” a team composed of the staffs of Renacci and Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio).

A former high-school and travel-team softball player, she says her chief of staff assigned her the role of coach.

But this could be her last season at the team’s helm.

“I like to show up and play, but having to coordinate everybody is very difficult,” she said. “That’s kind of the fun of it, though. You have to work with people that you may or may not get along with.”

Her solution to any softball field drama: just send the players out and let them have fun.

Palisi took that cue from her boss, Renacci, who she says is nice to everyone when reaching across the aisle. Her office even coordinated a bipartisan happy hour recently with the office of Rep. John Carney (D-Del.).

Off the field, Palisi pursues her own passions. These days, she’s busy looking for the best chicken wings in D.C., after having developed a taste for the popular appetizer while a student at DePaul University in Chicago. 

“Every night there was a cheap wing-and-beer deal,” she explains. “It became the food of my choice.”

So far she gives the thumbs up to Bullfeathers and Capitol Lounge on Capitol Hill and Redline in Chinatown. 

Also a fan of golf, Palisi got excited when she heard from a friend that the Washington area is home to a Top Golf, a driving range-and-bar venue with locations around the country.

To maintain her looks, Palisi said it comes down to eating right and working out occasionally.

“Everyone can find one thing about themselves that is considered to be beautiful,” she said. “My tip would be to flaunt what you feel makes you beautiful. Confidence is everything.”

—Christopher Goins