When Angela Rye speaks, she makes a difference. As an acclaimed CNN political commentator, Rye breaks down complex information and offers informed—and spin-free—perspectives on race and reparations, criminal justice, housing discrimination, women’s issues, and more. She’s willing to ask the tough questions—as hard as the truth is, and as hard as history has been.
Angela Rye is a leading political strategist and advocate for social change. A political commentator, champion for civil rights, lawyer, and entrepreneur, she’s committed to ensuring positive change in the political process by building relationships for corporations, unions, non-profits, and elected officials. She has offered on-air commentary and other features for CNN, BET, HBO, MSNBC, C-SPAN, SiriusXM, Marie Claire, The Washington Post, Fortune, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Real Time with Bill Maher, and TV-ONE.
As Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies—a political advocacy and strategic consulting firm with a cutting-edge approach—Rye seeks to encourage young professionals in three core areas: economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement. Previously, she served as the Executive Director and General Counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) for the 112th Congress. In her role as Executive Director, she was tasked with developing the overall legislative and political strategy for the Caucus. Previously to working for the CBC, she served as Senior Advisor and Counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security.
“... her compelling commentaries have turned her into a rising star.”— The Grio
Rye’s list of awards and honors is extensive. One of Fortune’s 40 Under 40 Women to Watch, Marie Claire’s Power Women, Power Play Magazine’s Leading Ladies, MSNBC’s BLTWY Power List of 35 People Under 35, and The Root 100, she’s also a Politc365 Gamechanger, a Young & Powerful National Trailblazer, one of DC’s Most Influential People, part of the Who’s Who in Black Washington, DC, and one of the NAACP’s Power 40. She’s also received the National Action Network Action & Authority Award, the Seattle University BLSA Vanguard Leader of the Year Award, the NBLSA-Western Region Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Howard University CDA Progressive Young Leader Award.
As a speaker, Rye has presented before a wide range of audiences and associations, including the National Black Caucus of State Legislators Annual Legislative Conference, NOBCEL Women Legislative Conference, the NAACP Annual Convention, and the National Urban League Annual Conference (among several others). She sits on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, CBCPAC, the Seattle University School of Law Alumni Board, the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network, the Government Technology & Services Coalition, and the INCLUSV Board. She is a member of The Links, Inc., the Washington Government Relations Group, the National Bar Association, and American Bar Association, and is a graduate of the University of Washington and Seattle University School of Law.
Tough Conversations Talking Economics, Race, Gender, and Diversity in Today’s America
For Angela Rye, freedom and equity are never guaranteed. And this is especially true for people of color, women, LGBTQ communities, and other diverse groups. Today, it’s now more urgent than ever that we talk, openly, about issues around housing discrimination, mass incarceration, threats of mass deportations, and police brutality—lest they pull us apart, divide us along lines of partisanship, and disenfranchise our most vulnerable citizens.
In this talk, Rye identifies our delicate cultural moment with plain language and unflinching honesty. She tells it like it is, in other words. But she also champions the need for something else—something that’s at once easy to state but much harder to enact. And that’s better dialogue. We have to be willing to engage in conversations—difficult conversations, to the like-minded and otherwise—if we ever want to change policy at the state or federal level. ‘Political correctness’ is often seen as a restraint, but to Rye, it’s about recognizing differences, about growing as a global citizen. It’s all part of what it means to see past divisions and realize our core commonalities. And it’s a part of pulling up a chair to the table, cynicism be damned. We are so much more powerful than we imagine, she argues—we just need to be willing to talk.