Introducing: Michael Alan Spencer

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In life, Michael Alan Spencer always throws caution to the wind, the rain, and the snow. You would know that if you saw his original version of the paragraph below, which was written in the style of the Old Spice Guy and included references to stallions and various stage directions. (Ed. note: Sorry Michael.)

Born and bred in Potomac, Maryland, where he attended Winston Churchill High School, Michael Alan Spencer is 31 years old and lives in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of DC. He studied accounting and finance at University of Maryland, and works for the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a contractor through KPMG, LLP.

You are stranded on a desert island. Who would you take with you?

Bobby Flay. With Michelin-rated island bites, I could last awhile until help came.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Career-wise, continuing to provide cutting-edge solutions to the high-quality problems of federal clients, while operating seamlessly among clients, teams, and external parties.

Personal life-wise, forcing my future kids at the dinner table to speak about what they’d accomplish if they were president. And then letting them know which one of them I’d vote for.

What would be the title of your future memoir?

"Weddings, Plus Zero: Winning at Riding Solo"

Which TED Talk or podcast would you recommend to others?

Podcast — “Stuff You Should Know”

Where would you like to travel to next?

I’d love to travel to France, particularly the south of France. Studied the language for a decade and have never been!

What’s next on your Netflix queue?

Comedians Drinking Coffee — Jerry Seinfeld with a different celebrity each episode, vibing like old friends!

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

I run a site, ChecklistDC.com, that showcases in list format the gamut of events happening in the DC area — from annual events residents wouldn’t want to miss to assorted networking receptions, museum and embassy programs, foodie festivals, and professional development talks. And I attend many of these!

I’m also keen on baking challah bread, Jewish learning, and running outdoors even when not being chased.

Fill in the blank: “What the world needs now is ________.”

A focus on service above self. If we focus on what we are giving to our relationships, careers, and community, life stops feeling like a rat race and living passionately comes naturally. I’m seeing so many in the younger generation dealing with depression, probably due to social media helping us compare what we are “getting” out of life. Even though it’s not accurate at all!

What is a pet peeve of yours when it comes to dating? What makes a good impression?

A couple dates talked about connecting more with a different city — New York City, Denver — and having a strong desire to move to said city. We both live here: Be positive about it!

I find the people who are the biggest joy to be around tend to be those who find happiness in the littlest of things!

What would you do all day if money wasn’t an object?

All of the ensuing responsibilities of opening a pillow-fight dojo. Including naming the down-featherweight champion of the DMV.

 Interviewed by Batya H. Carl