February 16 Memorial Service for Jeff Coudriet

by Borderstan.com February 6, 2011 at 8:59 pm 1,766 8 Comments

Jeff Coudriet (Photo by Joel Lawson)

Jeff Coudriet on election day, November 4, 2008, in front of the Reeves Municipal Center. (Photo courtesy of Joel Lawson)

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.

  • Laurie

    I have known Jeff for many years, from his days in CM Ambrose’s office, to ABRA and then to CM Evans. The love he had for this city was passionate and his friendship, generous. I am so very grateful to have had the pleasure of working with Jeff, laughing with him, crying with him, and to participate in all the political rah rah we shared. He will be missed by so many.


  • I first met Jeff in the late 80s and early 90s, when we both worked on the Hill. Jeff was a beacon of sunshine in what were, for many reasons, clouded years. When he decided to turn his talents towards District affairs, Jeff was a pioneer: it was almost unheard of back then for young professional “new” residents to care about the city in which they lived. Jeff cared, mightily. The District is richer for his service, and I and countless others are left enriched and incredibly humbled by his time in this life.

  • Mindy

    Jeff was also an ANC Commissioner in Adams Morgan and was without a doubt one of the most fabulous people I ever had the honor of spending time with in D.C. Words cannot express how much he will be missed.

  • Yancey

    Jeff was so genuinely nice, he is missed.

  • Laurie

    Those who wish to send cards to Jeff Coudriet’s family should address them to Mrs. Kay Coudriet c/o Ward 2 CM Jack Evans, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20004. The office will then send them on to Jeff’s mother.

    Those who wish to send flowers to the February 12 funeral should send them to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 701 West Main St, Endicott, NY 13760. The church’s phone is (607) 748-7417.

  • Michael Allen

    This is very sad news. I knew and worked with Jeff on fiscal issues in DC for the last 10 years. He was a sweetheart, as well as being very smart, full of integrity and a having a deep love and concern for the District.

    He fought the cancer bravely and with a very positive outlook. It was inspiring. I thought he would beat it. If anyone deserved to do so it was him. He will be sorely missed. It was a pleasure and honor to have known him.

  • Back when I was a novice ANC commissioner, just trying to decipher the ABC/ABRA procedures, Jeff was a marvelous and ever-friendly help. He was simply a good person. Damn, what a shame.

  • Samantha

    Jeff was a fine public servant . His expertise and ability to wurk with everyone will be missed .


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