- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 19, 2009

New nonprofit to honor council aide Desi Deschaine

A new D.C.-based foundation will continue the public-service legacy of Desi Deschaine, the legislative aide who was found drowned Tuesday in Baltimore.

Mr. Deschaine, 30, was an aide to D.C. Council member Jack Evans and a political activist. He was found dead in the Baltimore Inner Harbor.

The nonprofit Deschaine Foundation for Excellence in Government plans to continue Mr. Deschaine’s legacy of service to D.C. residents by focusing on research and public-policy initiatives that promote best practices in government and public service, the founder said.

“The tragic and untimely loss of Desi Deschaine has rocked both the public-service and [gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender] communities,” said friend and foundation founder Craig Max IV. “Our personal loss, while painful, is unmatched by the loss all D.C. residents experienced with the departure of one of the District’s young champions.”

Mr. Deschaine, a 2001 graduate of Catholic University, was a member of the D.C. Young Democrats and the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club. He worked for the Washington National Opera and in the mayor’s office before joining Mr. Evans‘ staff as communication director in November.

Mr. Deschaine was “a bright, bubbly, enthusiastic and wonderful person who you just could not help but love,” Mr. Evans said.

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