Meet Brianne

Councilmember Nadeau is passionate about Ward 1, with an unwavering commitment to expanding affordable housing, strengthening public safety, speaking up and advocating for her constituents, and improving government services in our ward and across the District. She was first elected to the Council in 2014 and re-elected to a third term in November 2022.

Councilmember Nadeau is mom to Zoe and Madeline, raising her kids in Park View with her husband Jayson, frequenting the ward’s parks, shops, and other amenities. She often commutes to her office in the Wilson Building and transports her kids to school and play dates by bike. 

As our Ward 1 Councilmember, she has made historic investments to end homelessness, expanded cash assistance to D.C. residents, and enhanced rights and services for people with disabilities. She has worked extensively to improve Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, allocating funds to establish community navigators, who help people with substance use and mental health issues get needed services; in 2024, a new sobering center will open nearby, in part the result of her strong advocacy. 

As a Councilmember and a mom, she is focused on public safety every day. In the past year, she has introduced legislation to bolster the police Cadet program, help detectives solve murders by bolstering the witness support program, and improve the failing 911 dispatch center by separating fire/EMS calls from police calls. She has supported police budgets of over $500 million annually. These are in addition to the numerous initiatives she has introduced or supported to prevent crime – from violence interrupters to social services, affordable housing, after-school programming, and job training.

As chair of the Committee on Public Works & Operations, she is committed to making essential government services work better. She believes that residents should be able to trust that the city government will provide reliable, effective services like trash and recycling collection, snow removal, street sweeping, and parking enforcement. She also serves on the committees on Health; Recreation, Libraries, and Youth Affairs; and Facilities and Family Services.

In her early days as a Ward 1 resident, Brianne organized neighborhood cleanups and brought the voices of her neighbors into discussions of local issues as a member of the Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association. Eager to serve the community, she went on to serve two terms as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, where she built a reputation for supporting small businesses, fostering cooperation between businesses and residents, fighting to abate abandoned properties, advocating for pedestrian safety, and ensuring community concerns were taken seriously by developers.

Brianne earned a Master of Public Policy from American University and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College. She grew up in Michigan, the oldest of three daughters, in a family with a deep commitment to civic and political activism. She was a Girl Scout for 13 years, earning the Scout’s highest honor, the Gold Award, and is now a Girl Scout troop leader.