Berry’s press aide leads late-night monument jaunts

Angela Guyadeen, the new press secretary to Rep. Marion Berry (D-Ark.), has a thing for Washington politics, particularly “monumenting,” a phrase she coined for her weekend hobby of rounding up her friends early in the morning or late at night and visiting various monuments around town. Her favorite, for now, is the Jefferson.

But it’s always a tough call between Jefferson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

“How can you not like FDR as a Dem?” she asks.

The adventurous type, Guyadeen, who prefers not to give her age, saying women get typecast too easily, comes to Capitol Hill fresh from the campaign trail. She worked as the communications director on the congressional campaign of newly elected Rep. Zack Space (D-Ohio) and for Florida Democrat Christine Jennings. The outcome of that contest is still in dispute.
While attending Eckerd College, she interned for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) in his legislative shop. Eckerd College, in Eckerd, Fla., is the small, liberal-arts school where Guyadeen studied political science. While there, she completed a women’s rights internship in Costa Rica.

Perhaps Guyadeen’s sense of adventure stems from being born and raised in the Spring Break capital of the United States — Panama City, Fla. She was raised there by her father, a native of Trinidad, and her mother, who is from Korea.

“I’m definitely a Florida girl at heart,” she says. “The ocean is definitely a part of me.”

While at Eckerd, she explains, she was president of the Student Government Association. In the race for the presidency, she says, she “was an outsider, tired of the status quo that was happening [on] campus. So I, to the dismay of the two other candidates who didn’t think I had a chance because I had no experience, ran and won.”

Guyadeen ran as the candidate for change. “Creativity was the key to winning,” she says.  “One tactic that I incorporated was to staple diapers to bulletin boards with my platform next to them. On the diapers I wrote in a Sharpie, ‘IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE, VOTE FOR ANGELA.’”

Guyadeen beat the other candidates with more than 60 percent of the vote. “In case you couldn’t tell already, I play to win,” she says.

Guyadeen is here on Capitol Hill to make her mark. “I’m just kind of like the average Capitol Hill staffer trying to do what I can to make my little difference in my part of the world,” she says, explaining that her campaign trail contacts led to the job with Berry.

Marshall Hubbard, 25, recently came to Berry’s Washington office from the Jonesboro office, where he was a field representative. He attended events in place of his boss and gave speeches where they were needed. Here in Washington, he is a staff assistant who handles tour requests and Capitol tours.

Hubbard hadn’t planned on working in politics. Throughout college at the University of Arkansas, he studied psychology, and the plan was to become a psychologist. But during his senior year something changed: “I got completely sick of psychology and didn’t want to do it anymore,” he says through a thick, Southern drawl. “I got bored with it.”

Hubbard, who came to D.C. a month ago from his hometown of Jonesboro, says he came because, “I thought D.C. was the center of things and I wanted to experience it.” He is a longtime Berry loyalist who interned for the congressman in college.
So far, so good. “It’s cool, I like it,” he says. “There’s a lot more stuff to do [here], which is always a plus.”