The Government Worker | 40 Under 40 Class of 2020
Can't Live Without
GET TO KNOW HADAR
Hadar Arazi was a senior in high school when she visited Washington, D.C., for the first time. She instantly fell in love with it and knew she would one day reside in D.C., as a government worker. That one day is today, as Hadar is the director of operations at the U.S. House of Representatives. Learn more about her career journey in her extended interview.
What inspired you to go into this line of work?
In high school, I had the opportunity to travel to D.C. and meet with my representative on the hill. That firsthand experience in the legislative process sparked my interest in all things government and politics. Each experience I’ve had since then has inspired me to stay active in government and politics in different capacities.
What challenge did you overcome to get where you are today?
There were many times when a position I wanted or outcome I was hoping for didn’t work out, and while at the moment that was challenging to deal with, there was often something better right around the corner. So, persevering through that disappointment helped me get to where I am today.
Did someone help you get to where you are today, like a mentor?
Many people played a role in helping me get to where I am today by being a source of guidance and sound advice. I am lucky to have encountered mentors at every stage of my professional career that I still stay in close contact with today.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the ability I have to help make change a reality, and the fact that I can create an opportunity for individuals to advocate for issues they are passionate about, have their voices heard and feel like they are making a direct impact. My job also gives me the opportunity to watch history being made every day, which is always awe-inspiring.
Polka Dots or Stripes
Beach or Mountains
Cats or Dogs
Physical Book or Audiobook
Vacation or Staycation
Describe yourself in three words.
Dedicated, thoughtful and ambitious.
Your life philosophy is…
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein
What is the best piece of advice you received?
No task is beneath you.
If someone handed you an airline ticket to a place of your choosing, where would you go and why?
Greece. It’s such a beautiful country, rich in history and culture.
What’s something you cannot live without?
I cannot live without my friends and family.
Name a book you read that positively shaped you.
“Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person” by Shonda Rhimes
If you weren’t working in the industry that you are, what would you be doing instead?
I’d be a foreign service officer.
How do you unwind or relax after a long day?
I usually call friends while walking home from work to catch up or rewatch episodes of “The Office.”
The most rewarding aspect of your job is…
Having an opportunity to create real, positive change for people.
If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it – metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions – what would it say and why?
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer,” because I think it is so important for people to travel and experience other cultures.
In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
Asking for help when I need it. It’s so easy to feel like you must do everything on your own but being able to take a step back and lean on others when needed only leads to greater success.
When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?
I usually call my friends and family who provide a great opportunity to refocus and remember what I love about what I do.
What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (Could be money, time, energy, etc.)
A good pair of shoes! There are so many places to explore in D.C. that I never tire of walking around the city.
Name a confident woman of character who you look up to? Why her?
In the past year, I have looked up to every woman who has decided to make a difference in their community by getting involved or running for office. It has been incredibly inspiring to see so many more woman on both sides of the aisle, at all levels of government speak up louder than ever before.