We are language lovers and people lovers.
LAUREN AITKEN, Founder & CEO
Lauren Aitken is a Florida transplant who has called DC home for the past 10 years. She's a language lover who has taken courses in French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Wolof. Previously, Lauren has worked for international exchange non profits and the State Department. Lauren has a BA in International Studies & Economics from American University and an EdM in Education Policy & Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
IrIS CANO, EVENT LEADER
Iris Cano is our Event Leader for Spanish conversation events. A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Iris now works in data services.
Stephanie Jaar, Event Leader
Vishal Jani, Event Leader
David Maguire, Event Leader
David is an Event Leader for our Portuguese events and facilitates Portuguese and Spanish events. David is originally from Richmond, VA and now lives in DC.
Alex Merrill, Event Leader
Alex Merrill is a Pacific Northwesterner who grew up speaking French and spent time working at a high school in the south of France before returning to DC. She has also taken classes in German and Arabic and spends her days working for a nonprofit focused on youth employment in MENA.
Andiara PIRES, EVENT LEADER
Andiara Pires is an Event Leader and Facilitator for our Portuguese events. Originally from Brazil, Andi lives and works in DC as an artist.
Rachel Reed, EVENT LEADER
Rachel is a Maryland native who has worked in the DC area for the past 10 years off and on. She taught English in Akita, Japan for three years with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. She loves practicing Japanese and has dabbled in Korean, Chinese, and Spanish. She currently works for an international exchange non profit and serves as the President of the JET Alumni Association of Washington, DC (JETAADC). She would love to learn German next!
MAURICE SAYINZOGA, EVENT LEADER
Maurice Sayinzoga has been living in DC for the past 3 years. He loves to travel, drink coffee, and speak French! For his day job, Maurice works for Digital Impact Alliance at the United Nations Foundation.
Corey WELCHER, EVENT LEADER
Corey Welcher is originally from southern Indiana and came to DC 10+ years ago to work in international education. She ran her own small German speaking group before becoming a German event leader because she enjoys bringing like-minded people together to practice their language skills. In her free time she volunteers with local hunger initiatives, teaches yoga and enjoys exploring the city and visiting friends.