Affinity Lab

Twitter: @AffinityLab
Founders: Phillipe Chetrit, Berit Oskey and Charles Planck


Affinity Lab was a coworking space located in the U Street corridor. For 14 years, Affinity Lab managed operating needs for start-ups, small businesses and nonprofits. [3]


Headquartered in Washington, D.C. and founded in 2001 by Phillipe Chetrit, Berit Oskey and Charles Planck, Affinity Lab was the first coworking space in the United States. While a group of investors led by co-working consultant Mike LaRosa had planned to purchase the space in December 2014 due to intense competition in shared office space and a decline in memberships, Affinity Labs was unable to negotiate their lease renewal. [4] Affinity Lab closed its doors on January 23, 2014.


  1. Eric Hal Schwartz "Affinity Lab Sale Falls Through, Will Shut Down This Week [Updated]" InTheCapital December 29, 2014 

  2. Lalita Clozel "Whoa. Forget its buyout, coworking space Affinity Lab just got evicted" December 30 2014

  3. Tierny Plumb "Affinity Lab opens a second incubator" Washington Business Journal January 28, 20120

  4. Drew Hansen "Co-working space Affinity Lab is under new ownership" Washington Business Journal December 19, 2014

  5. Steven Fisher"Coworking at Affinity Lab DC" July 28, 2011