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In Memory

Ellen Schneider - Class Of 1973

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01/27/14 09:42 AM #1    

Vicki Moeser (1973)

Monday, February 6, 2006


Ellen Vala SchneiderAttorney, Consultant

Ellen Vala Schneider, 51, an attorney and consultant, intentionally drowned herself Feb. 2 in the Potomac River near the Billy Goat Trail. She lived in Chevy Chase.

Mrs. Schneider was a self-employed consultant who specialized in planning, funding, coordinating and evaluating educational and workforce initiatives. She did strategic planning with the High Technology Council of Maryland and for the federal departments of Labor and Education that drew employers into school-to-work programs. She evaluated a multimillion-dollar partnership between a large foundation and an inner-city school and created and coordinated the Lazarus Leadership Fellows Program.

Before becoming a consultant, she worked for 10 years for the former law firm of Dunnells Duvall & Porter as a real estate lawyer.

She was born in Tokyo and graduated from J.E.B. Stuart High School in Fairfax County. She graduated from Tufts University in 1977, then worked for Icelandic Airlines in Reykjavik as a special assistant to the director of customer services.


She was a special assistant to the press secretary in the office of Vice President Walter Mondale from 1979 to 1980 before going to the University of Virginia Law School, from which she graduated in 1982.

Mrs. Schneider was a graduate of Leadership Montgomery in 1993 and was active in many community projects, including serving on the boards of the Westland Middle School PTA, the Mission Endowment Fund of Christ Lutheran Church, Chevy Chase Elementary School PTA, Montgomery County Career Connections, the Montgomery County Alliance for Educational Excellence and the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County. She also chaired the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Scholarship Fund and was past chairman of the education committee of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County.

She enjoyed golf, reading, swimming and travel.

Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Matthew L. Jacobs Sr. of Chevy Chase; two sons, Matthew L. Jacobs Jr. and John Henry Jacobs, both of Chevy Chase; her parents, Henry and Hallsridur Schneider of Washington; two sisters, Matthild Schneider of Washington and Karen Lisowski of Killeen, Tex.; and a brother.

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