About Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau
Brianne K. Nadeau was elected to the Council of the District of Columbia on November 4, 2014 with a charge from her constituents to provide excellent constituent services, expand affordable housing opportunities, strengthen our schools, and support local businesses. In her first term, she has faced those challenges head on by:
- Providing easy-to-access constituent services to thousands of residents.
- Putting more than 500 units of truly affordable housing in the pipeline in Ward 1 – either through preservation of existing units or production of new ones.
- Guiding four school modernizations, numerous other school enhancements, and passing legislation to provide better wrap-around services to children such as tutoring, mentoring, and extracurricular activities.
- Establishing new Clean Team and Main Street programs throughout the ward, and introducing legislation that helps the longtime businesses we love remain in our neighborhoods.
Community engagement is Brianne’s favorite part of her work, whether it’s her monthly Brianne on Your Block community office hours held at coffee shops throughout Ward 1, her pop-up office hours at metro stations and recreation centers, or her telephone town halls. Many of her policy initiatives have come directly from Ward 1 residents whose experiences shape the legislation she introduces and champions.
The very first bill Brianne introduced in 2015 strengthened the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability to ensure District elected officials remain accountable to residents and to make District government more open and transparent. She supports campaign finance reform measures introduced in the Council, as well as efforts to make voter registration easier, and legislation that makes voting in local elections available to all legal permanent residents, not only citizens.
To improve public safety, she introduced cutting-edge legislation to get guns out of the hands of those who have threatened violence against themselves or others. She also works to ensure the Metropolitan Police Department and District agencies have the resources they need to keep our communities safe, and to better connect residents with MPD through public safety walks and community meetings. She voted for a comprehensive public safety bill (the NEAR Act) recently passed by Council which uses a data-driven approach to address the causes of crime. She secured funding to address gang violence in Ward 1. She also supported a program to reimburse residents for installing security cameras.
Brianne is working to ensure the District remains a great place to raise a family. She helped pass paid family leave legislation, which will provide paid leave for workers in the District who confront a major life event like child birth, adoption, or caring for a sick family member. As chair of the Human Services committee, she reformed the District’s Temporary Aid to Needy Families program, which was long overdue after years of short-term fixes. She’s fighting to improve our parks and pools, by securing additional funding and working with the Mayor’s team to enhance hours and accessibility.
Because she believes families shouldn’t be forced to leave the neighborhoods they love because of skyrocketing housing prices, she supports a multipronged approach to address the housing crisis. She introduced and passed emergency legislation to preserve 64 units of affordable housing in Columbia Heights, and worked with the Council to approve development of 128 new affordable units on Florida Avenue. She also supports the production of new homes for the residents of Park Morton through the New Communities program. She has pushed to fully fund the Housing Production Trust Fund, which is used to support affordable housing construction, and helped pass and fund a bill to increase down payment assistance for new home buyers, as well as a bill that provides tax relief to first-time home buyers. She led the effort to create new positions at the Office of the Tenant Advocate to protect the rights of renters and help tenants stay in their homes and added three new inspectors at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to investigate illegal construction.
Brianne serves as the Chair of the Human Services Committee. She also serves on the Committee on Government Operations, Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization, and Committee on Health. As a part of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, a regional collaborative body, Brianne serves on Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee as well as the Human Services and Public Safety Committee. She also represents the District on the Local Government Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Bay Council and at the National Conference of State Legislatures. She is a member of the Young Elected Officials Network.
Prior to her service the Council, Brianne was Vice President at Rabinowitz Communications providing strategic counsel to faith-based, Democratic and environmental non-profit organizations, and served as a board member of Jews United for Justice. In 2006, she was elected to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1B, eventually serving as chair. She also spent six years working for Democratic Congressman John Sarbanes, and four years at Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Student Life. Brianne earned an M.A. in Public Policy from American University where she concentrated her studies in the Women & Politics Institute, and a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College.
Brianne grew up in Michigan where she attended public school and was a Girl Scout for 13 years, earning the Scout’s highest honor, the Gold Award. Her time with the Girl Scouts taught her to “look for work,” and “leave things better than she found them,” two principals that guide her work to this day. She is an active member of her Jewish prayer community, DC Minyan and lives with her husband in Park View.
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