Advocacy Communications Veteran Joins DC Public Library

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Advocacy Communications Veteran Joins DC Public Library

Gabriela Schneider Named New Director of Communications

Gabriela Schneider has been named the DC Public Library's new Director of Communications.

With more than 15 years experience working at the intersection of politics, civic engagement, philanthropy and social good, Schneider has managed small and large teams, built nonprofit brands and created and implemented marketing, media relations, advocacy and public awareness campaigns.

"Gabriela brings a wealth of experience to the position,” said Joi Mecks, chief of staff for the DC Public Library. "With her leading our great Communications team, I’m confident that District residents will continue to the see the level of communication they expect from their Library and learn even more about the excited and innovative services their library offers.”

“For the past 17 years, I have called D.C. my home and have dedicated my career to champion a fair and accountable democracy that treats all people equally, and I am honored to now channel my experience and energy into serving our local community through the DC Public Library,” said Schneider.  “I am excited to join the Library and inspire D.C. residents and families to value libraries as vibrant spaces of learning, play and creativity.”

Schneider comes to the Library from Issue One where she has served as the Chief Communications Officer since July 2015. In that position, she led all external relations and communications activities, including media relations, op-ed and speech writing, website development, social media engagement, report writing and editing, advertising, marketing, online video, online advocacy and fundraising email campaigns.

She also spent eight years serving as the Communications Director of the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government and was renowned for creating user-friendly civic tech apps and data to create greater public understanding about government and political power.

Schneider has a masters of arts in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor of arts in journalism from Lehigh University, where she also served as general manager of its radio station, WLVR.

Schneider will begin her tenure in April, replacing Joi Mecks who was named the DC Public Library's Chief of Staff last June.