8:00pm December 2, 2010

Angela Rye Named New CBC Executive Director, General Counsel


Angela Rye, the dynamic co-founder of IMPACT, an organization that seeks to encourage young professionals in the areas of economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement, has been tapped by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) to be the Executive Director and General Counsel of the Congressional Black Caucus during the 112th Congress.

Leading up to this appointment, Ms. Rye served as the Senior Advisor and Counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security under the leadership of Committee Chairman Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), where she has been charged with developing the general political strategy for the Committee with a focus on assisting disenfranchised, small minority owned businesses.

Rye, who continues to serve as IMPACT’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, began her career in legislative advocacy upon graduating from Seattle University School of Law, as the Coordinator of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), the umbrella association for the nation’s 120 historically and predominately black colleges and universities on Capitol Hill and with the Executive Branch.  Prior to her work at NAFEO, Ms. Rye served as a Legal Extern in Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ Los Angeles office.

Ms. Rye also served as the Western Region Director for the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) where she managed and supervised the Western Region Executive Board.  Formerly the
Legislative Affairs Chair of the Greater Washington Area Chapter (GWAC) for the Women’s Law Division of the National Bar Association, Ms. Rye is committed to shoring up efforts to increase knowledge of the political processes for her colleagues and peers. Ms. Rye’s reputation for advocacy led to her recent appointment to the American Bar Association’s Government Affairs Hill Day Committee. She is also Vice Chair of the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the immediate past chair of the Legislative Committee.

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Angela Rye learned the importance of advocacy through her family’s political and community activism.  She was recently featured on BET.com as one of the “14 Hottest Blacks Working on Capitol Hill.”

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Kristal High
Kristal Lauren High co-founded and serves as Editor in Chief of Politic365. She also operates her own communications and creative engagement company. Prior to launching the publication, Kristal developed an expertise in broadband adoption among minority, low-income and underserved populations through her work with the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Media & Technology Institute. Throughout her career, Kristal has worked with national civil rights and civic associations, business leaders, minority elected officials, and Fortune 500 brands on an array of issues pertaining to the leveraged use of the Internet for online coalition building, stakeholder outreach, political advocacy and multimedia production. For her efforts in online advocacy and web publishing, Kristal received the New York Urban League Young Professionals Digital Renaissance Award and the NAACP’s Leadership 500 Chairman’s Leadership Award. She was also named to the Digital Sisterhood Network’s Top 100 Digital Sisters of the Year and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Black Broadcaster’s Association. Kristal is also the recipient of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's Excellence in Communications award, and has been named to two top 40 Under 40 lists - the Lawyers of Color Hot List and the National Bar Association's/IMPACT Nation's Best Advocates list. The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author, and have complete editorial independence from any Politic365 partners, sponsors, or advertisers. For additional information about Politic365, please visit http://politic365.com/about/.



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  1. Marcus Sebastian

    Angela is an extremly talented staffer who has the ability to help guide the Congressional Black Caucus in the coming congress. She's a star…watch her rise.

    • Ivan

      I agree! As one her brother's friends from high school (at Seattle Preparatory and Garfield HS-Seattle), I watched Angela grow up. She comes from a family with a long history of community activism, including her father Eddie Rye. She's the truth.

  2. Wow, amazing blog layout! How long have you been running a blog for? you make blogging look easy. The full glance of your site is excellent, as smartly as the content!

  3. Khadija Abdul-Salaam

    I saw Ms. Rye on the T.V.ONE channel program as a panelist for National Action Network. I learned alot about the work she does and the real commitment of her work. She is in a great position to make possitive and progressive change for our country. I wish her all the best. Stay Strong and Focused.

  4. Angela is touting that any opposition to Obama is racist! I being a whiote male American find offense in her statements!
    Obama skin color has nothing to do with me not liking him, the fact of the matter is he was nothing but a community activist that was poaced ona senate seat in Chicago and then quickly swept in to the Presidential race by Left Wing extremists!The most famous being Ayers who tried to bomb the White House!
    Obama had no credentials to become President and his actions in t he White House prove it! He spends more time vacationing and going on Jay Leno and the Voice as he does taking care of issues we all face!
    The ONLY racism in America comes from thr Blacks and people like Mrs.Rye and he racist comments!
    Well come November folks your party is OVER!!!!!

  5. Jakki Bethea

    Ms.Rye is such a inspiration to all age groups because she keeps it real in all she does
    in all the divisions of goverment and outside of goverment. Always glad to watch her on
    TV. Keep up the good work!!

    God Bless

  6. I was most impress with you and your apperance on Politics Nation htis evening.On Jan 29.2013.The world needs more young peoplelike yourself. Not only beautiful, but also smart. Thank you for being an advocate..Mo.

  7. I fully agree w/ Gwen. Keep up your dynamic work. Seattle is my favorite city @ Bumpershoot /Dugeness Crab time!

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