Brianne K. Nadeau (pronounced n’DOH), a D.C. Democratic Party leader and former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, is running for the Ward 1 DC Council seat in the 2014 election. With strong local support and the backing of key leaders in the ward, Brianne is focusing her campaign on ending pay-to-play politics in the District, while creating jobs, improving the quality of education, and increasing public safety.
Brianne grew up in Michigan with two younger sisters, and was active in sports, Girl Scouts, student council and was editor of her student newspaper. Her parents instilled in her a deep commitment to civic and political activism, something she has applied to all her endeavors. She enjoys writing, and in addition to keeping a community blog for several years she has also written for InterfaithFamily.com.
During her tenure on ANC1B, Brianne built a reputation for supporting small businesses, fostering cooperation between residents and businesses, fighting for the abatement of abandoned properties, advocating for pedestrian and cyclist safety, and making sure the concerns of the community were taken seriously by developers with projects in the ward.
Brianne resides on Belmont Street, NW, and first moved to Washington, DC in 2002. She was an ANC Commissioner from 2006 – 2010. During that time, she served as secretary, vice chair, and as chairperson of the commission. Beyond her work on the ANC, Brianne helped create the U Street Movie Series and is the founder Sustainable U, a new community-led initiative that strives to increase the availability of and participation in sustainable housing and employment options in the 14th/U corridor. The initiative aims to protect the environment, improve the quality of life in our neighborhood and reduce energy costs for consumers and is meant to be easily replicable in other neighborhoods.
Brianne was elected vice chairperson of the Ward 1 Democrats in 2012, and has dedicated herself to expanding the base of registered democrats in the ward and engaging voters in local issues.
Brianne earned an M.A. in Public Policy from American University and a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College. She is an active member of her prayer community, DC Minyan, and is a board member of Jews United for Justice. By day, she works at the firm Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications, doing public relations for non-profits.