Category Archives: Featured Feds

Meet Keyboardist and Export-Import Bank Employee Mark Jefferson

He may look like the ultimate Washington bureaucrat with his suit, tie, and briefcase as he walks from the Metro station to his office at the Export-Import Bank where he works in procurement . But this buttoned-down work persona gets turned on its head after hours  when Mark plays piano in the backup band of a bouffanted 60’s girl group cover band The Fabulettes. Whether playing gigs, teaching dance lessons, acting, or expressing himself through clothes, cars and furnishings which seem more Mad Men than House of Cards, Mark has found a way to balance his work and creative lives.

If you are an employee of the federal government but spend your evenings or weekends doing something something creative (whether as a second career or as a strong hobby) and would like to be featured on our Meet the Creatives section of this website, tell us a little bit about your story. 

Meet bandleader and Library of Congress employee Jennifer Cutting

She spends her days at the Library of Congress where she helps researchers navigate through records of American folklife. She spends nights and weekends composing music and managing OCEAN, a contemporary Celtic fusion folk band which as won accolades on the regional and national music scene, including winning Washington Area Music Awards, broadcast on NPR’s Mountain Stage, and playing at major folk festivals and venues. Growing up a family of eccentric musicians and performance artists against the backdrop of beat poetry, dashikis, and ashrams, Jennifer, in many ways, rebelled against her hippie upbringing by going after a federal career to balance with her own musical career. Instead she found a symbiosis between her two avocations.

If you are an employee of the federal government but spend your evenings or weekends doing something something creative (whether as a second career or as a strong hobby) and would like to be featured on our Meet the Creatives section of this website, tell us a little bit about your story.