Doug Schneider is a longtime community activist and attorney who has spent years working to make our neighborhoods vibrant, safe, and just.

  • Doug worked as part of the successful effort to prevent the Pavilion movie theater from being turned into luxury housing and protests over the closing of Long Island College Hospital.
  • Working for criminal justice reform, Doug lobbied to end stop & frisk policing and participated in the successful effort to pass "Raise the Age" legislation to prevent teenagers from being sent to Rikers Island.
  • With a long record of fighting for LGBTQ rights, Doug fought to end DOMA, supported marriage equality, and represents people discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.
  • Working locally against climate change, Doug provided pro bono representation to five people arrested for protesting Goldman Sach's investments in oil and gas pipelines.
  • As an advocate for pedestrian safety. Doug convinced the Department of Transportation to fix dangerous conditions along the Ocean Parkway bike lane—and as a trustee of the Park Slope Civic Council and the co-chair of the Age Friendly Park Slope Committee, he is working to make sure our sidewalks are accessible for children, seniors, and the disabled.

Doug is a leader at Congregation Beth Elohim, organizing a weekly music class for toddlers, serving on the advisory committee of the preschool, and volunteering for CAMBA’s men’s shelter. He served two years on the District Committee for Councilmember Brad Lander’s participatory budgeting initiative. He and his wife, Joni Kletter, run a family foundation dedicated to erecting Holocaust memorials throughout Belarus.  

Doug is a graduate of Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Union College. He and Joni have lived in Park Slope since 2006 and are the proud parents of Micah and Evie.


See Doug's plan to stop the IDC