By The Hill Staff - 07/25/12 09:00 AM EDT
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: Single
There isn’t much that throws Gina Ormand off her routine of regular exercise and healthy eating.
A devout runner since high school, where she was a member of the cross-country team, the campaign services director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says staying active is the best way to stay sane in her oftentimes frantic job.
But the rare occasions that she can’t get in her run, it’s usually for a good reason.
Or in 2005, when, as an aide to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Ormand took marathon shifts answering phones and coordinating help for constituents after Hurricane Katrina rocked the Gulf Coast. Then, she could only take cat naps under her desk.
“It was an emotional time for all of us,” she says. “Some of the calls we would get would be so scary because people would think of us as their lifeline.”
But it’s connecting with and helping people that drew the Tulane University graduate into political life. A self-described “stereotypical big sister,” Ormand says each stop of her Washington career — including stints on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and at Al Gore’s nonprofit global-warming organization, the Alliance for Climate Protection — was an opportunity to make new connections.
“I love the interaction with people,” Ormand says.
That also spills into her social life, where the Georgia native belongs to two separate book clubs and can regularly be found trying new restaurants in her Logan Circle neighborhood of the District.
“We like to go out — it’s really booming there — and catch up and try new places, as long as the wait time is under an hour,” Ormand says.
— Justin Sink