R.I.P Capitol Hill Community Advocate/Activist Donna Scheeder

Donna Scheeder presided over a virtual meeting of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee on February 28, 2021.
A meeting of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee meeting on September 25, 2019, in North Hall, Eastern Market. The before times. L-R Jerry Sroufe, Monty Edwards, Jonathan Page, Chuck Burger, Donna Scheeder, Susan Oulser, Mike Bowers, Angie Brunson, Anita Jefferson.

R.I.P Donna Scheeder

by Larry Janezich

Posted March 7, 2022

Chuck Burger, Vice Chair of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC), announced today the passing of Capitol Hill community advocate and activist Donna Scheeder. 

In an email to regular attendees of EMCAC monthly meetings, Burger said:

“Our friend Donna Scheeder has peacefully passed today at home.  Personally, I can only say that I am grateful to have known her.  She was irreplaceable as a friend and an advocate for so many in so many ways. She will be missed but greatly remembered.

A celebration will be announced in coming weeks.” 

The cause of death was cancer.  Scheeder was a private person, and made few concessions to her illness, continuing to chair EMCAC until as recently as its January meeting.  The seriousness of her condition wasn’t apparent until the February meeting of EMCAC which was postponed until March 2nd, at which time Burger intimated that she was unable to fulfill her role as chair, and asked for a moment of silent prayer for her. 

Scheeder is best known in the community for her service for many years as the Ward 6 Councilmember’s appointee to – and chair of – EMCAC.  She was also a founding member of the Hill Center Board of Directors and most recently took an active role in the advisory task force for the redesign of Eastern Market Metro Plaza Park and children’s playground.

In her professional life, she was deputy chief information officer for the Congressional Research Service and retired in March of 2015. 

According to Wikipedia she was president of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) from 2015 to 2017 and served on the governing board of IFLA for 6 years. 

See here for more:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_Scheeder

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