By The Hill Staff - 07/27/11 04:00 AM EDT
Hometown: Ganado, Ariz.
Political party: GOProud Conservative
Relationship status: Single
For Michael Woestehoff, what began as distaste for noisy nightspots evolved into a thriving pastime.
At the Washington, D.C. “intern bars” that he used to frequent with his friends, Woestehoff was often frustrated by the ruckus that forced him to shout his conversations.
So the National Indian Education Association’s communications director began recommending hotel bars to his friends instead, figuring that “it’s better to splurge on a better drink and have a better conversation.”
A year and a half later, the website has provided Woestehoff with a wide network of friends.
“They’re great, passionate people [who] form the backbone of how philanthropy works in D.C.,” he said.
Woestehoff’s day job, too, allows him to blend business with passion. Having grown up on a Navajo Indian reservation, Woestehoff said his role at NIEA allows him to “tell the Native American story in a contemporary and accurate way.”
When not at work, Woestehoff indulges his interest in photography — “I almost always have my camera with me,” he said — and keeps busy in a two-year master’s program in public relations and corporate communications at Georgetown University.
Woestehoff, strikingly tall, has a soft voice but laughs readily — mostly at others’ jokes, not his own.
He runs in Rock Creek Park and goes to the gym, and he went vegetarian for two years to combat an overeating tendency that once plagued him.
“Becoming a vegetarian slashes the menu,” he explained.
Woestehoff has introduced fish and chicken back into his diet, a symbol of the consistency he seeks throughout his life.
“There’s just a balance that naturally happens when you’re doing all the things you’re really passionate about,” he said.