Person of Interest: Bobby Gill

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Pondering the most standout way to raise funds and awareness for the Children’s Tumor Foundation? Bobby Gill may have got you beat with DC-based, non-profit, Cupid’s Undie Run.

This past year, the organization raised $3 Million and culminated with a celebration of half-naked fundraisers taking the streets of DC during Valentine’s Day weekend for a nearly mile-long run. We caught up with Bobby (fully-clothed) to get a glimpse into his life as a DC resident.

What’s a typical day for you?

Leading a small non-profit through a big period of growth, every day has it’s own set of challenges and learning experiences.  My computer opens early right at the first cup of coffee and off go the emails ranging from marketing strategy to web development to training documents.

I don’t have an office at home, so I work at the kitchen table, at Cove (a shared office space) and sometimes I’ll take my portable wifi device and plop down somewhere outside in the sun.

To keep some work-life balance in the off-season I’m pretty strict on shutting down my computer at 5pm and getting in a crossfit workout.  It goes a *long* way, especially when your job depends on you running around in your undies at least once a year!


What or who is your biggest influence?

Not so much in a “I want to be like that person” sense, but my biggest driver is knowing that the work we do is making a notable difference towards helping find a cure fologancircler neurofibromatosis.  There are so few treatments available and I’ve gotten to know so many affected by it, there’s no stopping until we find a cure, so we’re going to fundraise our pants off and make that happen!

What neighborhood do you live in?

At the time being I live in Woodley Park, but I’m moving to Logan Circle next month. Living in proximity to Logan, Dupont, Shaw and the 14 St corridor is something I’m really looking forward to, especially with all the new places opening up on 14th. Thank god for a TJ’s in walking distance!

escalatorWhat is your biggest DC pet peeve?

I feel like “tourists standing on the left” is too easy of an answer, but that’s definitely up there.  Being a local (Maryland born and raised), I cringe a little every time someone refers to DC as “Washington”.  Yes, that’s its technical name, but to me “Washington” is the state and “DC” or “the District” is this amazing hub of political and social activity we live in.

What is the #1 most played song on your iPod?  

“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.  Easily my favorite song of all time.

glensFavorite DC haunt?

I’m a big local foodie, so I can’t get enough of Glen’s Garden Market in Dupont.  Groceries, prepared foods, a bar… and everything is sourced locally.  Can’t beat that.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?

meridianTaking a book and going to read in Meridian Hill Park with my girlfriend. 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Anywhere with mountains.

If you couldn’t be a…, what would you be?

healthcoachIn my previous life I was a biomedical engineer, so I really like analyzing clinical trials and challenging conventional wisdom when it comes to health and wellness.  I give nutrition talks here and there and I used to be a running coach.  So, if I wasn’t the COO of Cupid’s Undie Run, I’d probably be a nutritional consultant and health coach of sorts.

Top three favorite movies?

1) Inglorious Basterds, 2) Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 3) Elf

Name five people, alive or dead, you’d love to invite to a dinner party.nich

Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson, Nicholas Nassim Taleb, Brad Pitt and my girlfriend (she asks better questions than I do, anyways)

Most embarrassing moment?
Ha, well when your job is to run around outside in your underwear, there isn’t much room for embarrassment.  When I was a kid, I had long hair and was once confused as a girl and I cut it shortly thereafter so I’m guessing that was  probably embarrassing at the time.

What was your major in college, and do you use it today?

biomedicalI majored in Biomedical Engineering, and that’s what I did for 6 years working at the FDA.  It was a great career that taught me a lot about critical thinking, but Cupid’s Undie Run’s growth has been way beyond our wildest dreams, so I had to put my full effort behind it and see where we could take it.  Haven’t look back since!

 

Who do you think is the most attractive person to ever live?

I know I already went for brownie points earlier by saying my girlfriend, but for this one it’s a no-brainer. I am out-punting my coverage by a long shot.skydive

Name one thing most people don’t know about you.

I was a skydiving instructor for a few years as a weekend gig in addition to being a government engineer.

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