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Christine Roddy, Director, Goulston & Storrs, 37


Job: Focused on zoning and land use law, historic preservation and urban renewal in DC. I represent clients in the development of mixed-use, office, retail, institutional and residential projects.

Community involvement: I’ve worked with Bread for the City and Jubilee Housing and have helped them build the facilities they need. It is satisfying to be able to help such wonderful organizations fulfill their missions.

Career highlights: It’s a great feeling to walk around the District and see all of the buildings and projects I've had a hand in. There is so much history and so many stories wrapped up in each one that it is exciting to see the physical manifestation of our work.

Why this career: I had applied for a summer associate position with the Office of the Attorney General, hoping to work in their criminal division and instead they placed me in their land use division. I wasn’t exactly thrilled, but I ended up loving it. I felt like I had played an important role in the development of the District.

Where you grew up: Gaithersburg, MD

Why DC: It’s a great city—it’s a major metropolitan area full of culture and history, yet its neighborhoods are still small enough that you know your neighbors. I also enjoy being close to my family and old friends.

First job: The Gap

Family: My husband and I met five years ago at a wedding and we are newly wed as of this past October.

Free time: I enjoy running, hiking and traveling.

10 years from now: I hope to still be doing this. There is a lot of satisfaction in watching the city grow and knowing I played a role in it.

Favorite vacation spot: Pacific Northwest

Bucket list: Seeing the northern lights, walking the Camino de Santiago and visiting the seven continents.

Daily habit: Visiting the snack drawer.

Startling fact: I don’t like chocolate.