DC By Foot is a group of young (and young at heart), fun-loving guides who have come together for a common cause: To teach history and entertain guests with creative tours of Washington D.C. If you’re interested in how we got started, read About DC By Foot.
Like many in D.C., Steve was drawn to the city due to his keen interest in national politics. After a few stints in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, Steve found a more humble calling. Though admittedly born a Jersey Boy, Steve is a Washingtonian at heart. Steve is a graduate of history from Rutgers University and International Affairs from Kassel University in Kassel, Germany. He’s been around the world and has taken the long way home. He’s been professionally leading tours of D.C. and NYC for almost 10 years. When not leading tours, Steve can be found searching for German tourists to wow (or confuse) them with his German language mastery!
Canden earned a BA in History from Elon University and Masters in History from University College London and is currently getting a Masters in American History from the Gilder Lehmen Institute of American History. Yeah, she’s a nerd. She’s originally from North Carolina, but now loves living in the best neighborhood in DC, Capitol Hill. Canden entered the real world as a teacher but left the profession for tour guiding. When not guiding, she can probably be found travelling, taking bike trips with fellow tour guide, Kara, volunteering at the Washington DC Historical Society, or writing books about DC History!
Cecilia hails from Wisconsin, the land flowing with beer and cheese. She made her way to D.C. by way of Hawaii and New Jersey to put her International Relations background to good use. When she is not giving tours Cecilia enjoys excursions into the wilderness, singing in elevators, experimental cooking and looking for and sharing fun facts of a variety of different topics!
Dan grew up minutes away from important Civil War battlefields like Antietam and Harpers Ferry, fostering in him a lifelong love of American history. He took that love to Dartmouth College and graduated with a degree in History and Moral Philosophy. He then went on down to Georgia, where he taught high school US History. He decided he needed to move a bit closer to home, settled in DC in 2005, and soon started teaching history, civics, and journalism at a local school. He then took on a position at a national civics education organization, helping teachers from all over the country use the sites and resources of Washington, DC in their classrooms back home. When he isn’t rooting for the Washington Nationals (he lives 2 blocks from the stadium!), he’s usually exploring the many awesome food options in the city, perfecting his “low and slow” brisket, or coming up with new and creative things to dip in batter and deep fry.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Kara is a former beach bum who loves D.C.’s history and humidity. After an extended stint as a professional globetrotter and mapquest extraordinaire, she decided to ditch the backpack and turn touring into a career. When not guiding, Kara spends her days reading 20th century prose, perfecting her headstand, and occasionally talking about herself in the third person.
An adventure seeker, Ricky Bobby has given tours of D.C. on segways, bicycles, skateboards and electric go carts. He has run all over the city since his days on the cross country team. He loves technology and also gives tours in Spanglish.
Becca is a native Texan whose annual childhood treks to D.C.to visit family resulted in a lifelong love of our nation’s capital. After graduating from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a degree in American Culture and History, she worked in museum education and development, but is thrilled to now have the opportunity to take her love of sharing American history out of the museum and onto the sites where history was made. When not touring, you can find Becca at Nationals Park or RFK Stadium, rooting on her adopted D.C. teams or dressing up like Teddy Roosevelt.
Read Becca’s Guide Spotlight on our Washington DC blog!
After living for over a decade in Texas, Boglarka made her way back to the East coast. She doesn’t miss the hot weather and instead relishes the breeze, the trees, and weather perfect for sipping teas. A rabbit enthusiast and thrift store roamer, Boglarka also spends her time hunting for creaky bookstores and discovering historic dive bars when she’s not busy leading friendly folks around lovely D.C.. She often said if she could walk for a living, she would. Always ready to discuss food and all things eating related, touring became the perfect profession after a summer at Philmont, a few years in retail, getting a college degree, and a brief appearance at a desk job. Cheers!
An architect and lover of all things brick and mortar, Carolyn left her drafting desk so she could talk about buildings rather than draw them. She has not-so-secret crushes on Pierre L’Enfant and Montgomery Meigs, and can spot a mansard roof a mile away. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland Architecture Program and hails from the exotic suburbs of New Jersey, though the District has been her home since 2006. When not guiding, you can find Carolyn counting columns at the National Building Museum (there are 152) and traipsing through the woods looking for Civil War remnants.
Matilda hails from Austin, Texas but has lived all over the world, in Italy, Mexico, and France. After school, she moved to Paris and quickly fell in love with the city’s beauty, history, and baguettes. She became a tour guide to combine some of the things she loved most: meeting new people, spending time outside, and talking about history. After nearly 3 years in Paris, Matilda moved to Washington DC, and has loved rediscovering her own country’s history through this amazing city.
Saludos, soy Rafael, un viajero internacional que ha decidido asentarse en la capital de los Estados Unidos, Washington DC. Soy oriundo de una pequeña isla en el Caribe llamada Puerto Rico y que, actualmente, es un territorio de los Estados Unidos. Realicé mis estudios graduados en Francia y fue allá donde comprendí que quería combinar mi conocimiento en historia con mi placer mayor: hablar con la gente. Trabajé como guía en la ciudad luz, París, y luego dediqué dos años de mi vida a viajar por el mundo. Ahora estoy aquí, en la capital de los Estados Unidos, para mostrarles las maravillas que esconde esta nación. Mientras no trabajo estoy en la calle visitando plazas, memoriales, museos o bebiendo alguna cerveza en los bares de Dupont Circle o U Street. Bienvenidos a Washington, espero que sus vacaciones sean placenteras.
A native Michigander, Lauren has called DC home since 2011. She earned her BA at the University of Michigan and has a masters degree in American Studies from George Washington University. Lauren left the corporate world at the ripe old age of 22 and has since dedicated her life to her two loves: History and travel. When she’s not guiding, she’s most likely planning her next overseas excursion, drinking craft beer in a historical tavern or trying to keep her house plants alive.
Whether it happened a few hours ago or it happened a few decades ago, Colin loves to tell an audience a good history-making story. Two outlets give him the chance to do this. Colin has one job producing T.V. news and another guiding tours. For a history loving political junkie like him, this life in D.C. is like living the dream. But his journey started a few hours north in the Garden State. He is a proud New Jersey native and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rowan University in Radio, T.V. and Film.
Amanda is a native of Akron, Ohio. She has a twin brother and two older half brothers. She shares a Valentine’s Day birthday with her twin, her oldest half brother, and her dad. After graduating high school, Amanda moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to attend College of Mount St. Joseph. There, she earned a B.A. in History and played NCAA D3 Women’s Lacrosse. She then moved to the nation’s capitol to attend George Washington University. While at GWU, She completed an internship at the Supreme Court of the United States which required conducting lectures and tours. She hated public speaking until she realized she is awesome at it! Since the Court, she has given tours at Jamestown Settlement, the Cape Henry Lighthouse, and Arlington National Cemetery. The rest is history.