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Angela Rye

Angela Rye (born October 26, 1979) is an American attorney and the Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm in Washington, DC.[1] She is a political commentator on CNN and an NPR political analyst.[2]

Angela Rye
Born (1979-10-26) October 26, 1979 (age 38)
Alma mater University of Washington (B.A.)
Seattle University (J.D.)
Occupation Political commentator
Employer CNN

She served as the executive director and general counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus for the 112th Congress.[3][4]

She currently is running the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee, Seattle University School of Law Alumni, and Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network. She serves as a senior advisor to the Government Technology and Services Coalition and is a member of the Links, Incorporated.[5]


Early lifeEdit


Upon moving to Washington, DC, Rye co-founded IMPACT, an organization that seeks to encourage young professionals in three core areas: economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement. The organization has quickly become a powerful voice and advocate for today's young professionals of color nationwide. Under her leadership, IMPACT formed critical partnerships with the National Bar Association, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, National Urban League, Rainbow/PUSH, Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute, Black Leadership Forum, and many others.[citation needed]

Rye started off her career in legislative advocacy at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, an umbrella association for America's 120 historically black colleges and universities. Here, she served as the Coordinator of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs. Prior to this, she worked in district office of Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and she served as the Western Region Director of the National Black Law Students Association.[citation needed]

In 2013, Rye founded IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm.[citation needed]

She also served as the Senior Advisor and Counsel to the House Committee on Homeland security, where she developed the general political strategy, focusing on modernizing government contracting practices and opening doors of opportunity for small businesses. She then served as the Executive Director and General Counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus for the 112th Congress. During her time as director, she was "tasked with developing the overall legislative and political strategy for the Caucus".[6]

Rye is currently a political commentator on CNN and has been featured as an on-air personality on several media outlets, including CNN, HuffPost Live, TV One and BET.[citation needed]

Awards and honorsEdit


  • Black Girls Rock
  • NAACP Power 40
  • Who's Who in Black Washington, DC
  • DC's Most Influential People
  • DC 50 Businesswomen Leaders



  • Political365 Gamechanger
  • Young & Powerful National Trailblazer
  • On Being a Black Lawyer Power 100
  • The Root 100
  • Seattle University African American Alumni Award
  • National Action Network Action & Authority Award
  • NBLSA-Western Region Distinguished Alumni Award (2012-2013)


  • Howard University CDA Progressive Young Leader Award
  • The Memorial Foundation Drum Majors for Justice Leadership Award
  • The Root 100
  • Marie Claire Power Women


  • Fortune's 40 Under 40 Women to Watch


  1. ^ a b About Angela
  2. ^ "Angela Rye". Hollywood Life. 2016-07-28. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  3. ^ "Angela Rye". Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  4. ^ Heil, Emily (2016-08-03). "Meet Angela Rye, who shut down a former Trump staffer with Beyoncé-grade shade". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  5. ^ "Meet Angela Rye". 2016-08-03. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  6. ^ "Angela T. Rye Esq. Bio" (PDF). 

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