Brianne K. Nadeau (pronounced n’DOH), has been a member of the D.C. Council representing Ward 1, since 2015. She currently serves as chairperson of the Committee on Human Services, and as a member of the Committees on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Committee, Health and Government Operations. In 2016 she served as Chairperson of the Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs.
Brianne has focused her work on affordable housing, supporting our schools, providing resources to small and local businesses, and providing responsive constituent services.
In her first term, she worked to pass Paid Family Leave, authored and passed legislation that give the Office of the Tenant Advocate more power over negligent landlords, moved the Park Morton affordable housing project forward to build nearly 500 new housing units, created the Office of Youth Outcomes and Grants to streamline our youth programming, and established a new Main Street and Clean Team program for Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant, as well as a Clean Team program for lower Georgia Avenue.
Brianne first moved to Washington, DC in 2002. She was an ANC Commissioner from 2006 – 2010. Beyond her work on the ANC, Brianne helped create the U Street Movie Series and served as vice chairperson of the Ward 1 Democrats in 2012. She 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 before she became Councilmember, was a board member of Jews United for Justice.
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. She and her husband Jayson Harpster live on Belmont Street, NW.