Leaders of the Pack

Kate Michael

Since winning the Miss D.C. contest in 2006, Kate Michael has created a multimedia platform for herself and her causes. Her website, KStreetKate, promotes life and style in Washington — and offers a window into how the social circuit functions. “I want to tell people about where they live, work and play,” the 27-year-old says.

On her weekly webisode, “The District Dish,” she interviews fellow Washington movers and shakers, such as D.C. Councilman Jack Evans and the Washington Ballet’s Septime Webre.

Michael says D.C. denizens don’t go out and about just for fun. Instead, they “like to meet and mingle for more useful purposes,” she said. “We use the social time to make connections and hopefully also get some work done.”

For her, that work includes supporting FirstBook, which fights illiteracy, and Fashion Fights Poverty. She’s also a member of the women’s groups The Madison and Junior League of Washington.

Michael is frequently spotted at L2. She’s often there with her boyfriend and the hot spot’s manager, Rodrigo Garcia, son of Marlene Ramallo Chalmers Cooke, who was a gossip page regular when she was married to late Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke.


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