February 8 Update: A memorial service for Jeff Coudriet will be held Wednesday, February 16 at 11 am at Foundry United Methodist Church, 16th and P Streets NW. All are welcome. – from office of Councilmember Jack Evans
D.C. political activist, government leader and resident of the Dupont-Logan area Jeff Coudriet died Saturday night after a year-long fight with lung cancer. He was 48 years old.
Coudriet was well know far beyond the neighborhood and was a fixture in D.C. government, politics and gay rights organizations. Coudriet mostly recently worked for Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), serving as committee clerk for the Finance Committee. Prior to that he was director of operations for the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA). Coudriet also worked for former D.C. Councilmember Sharon Ambrose who represented Ward 6.
Over the years Coudriet served as president of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club as well as president of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance. According to GLAA, Coudriet worked for U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and also represented D.C. in the 1996 Electoral College. Friends said he was one of the founders of the Lesbian and Gay Congressional Staff Association.
Coudriet was a native of upstate New York and a graduate of Cornell University.