Angela Rye

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Angela Rye
Angela Rye with WBLS.jpg
Rye speaks with New York City radio station WBLS at the 108th NAACP Convention in Baltimore in 2017
Born (1979-10-26) October 26, 1979 (age 38)
Alma mater University of Washington (B.A.)
Seattle University (J.D.)
Occupation Political commentator, news correspondent
Employer CNN
NPR
Political party Democratic

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 liberal political commentator on CNN and an NPR political analyst.[2]

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 life[edit]

Rye grew up in a mixed neighborhood in the Madrona section of Seattle, Washington. Rye graduated from Seattle's all-girls Holy Names Academy, the University of Washington, and Seattle University School of Law.[1] Her father is Seattle community activist, Eddie Rye, Jr. (born 1940).[6]

Career[edit]

Rye began 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 served as the Western Region Director of the National Black Law Students Association.[citation needed]

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 other organizations.[7]

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".[8]

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]

Opinions[edit]

Rye believes that statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, like those of Robert E. Lee should be taken down because they were slave owners.[9]

Personal life[edit]

She was involved in a relationship with rapper Common.[10][11] They ended the relationship in 2018.[12]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Eddie Rye, Jr.: Unapologetic For His Efforts To Bring About Social Change". The Seattle Medium. September 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ "About Angela". angelarye.com. Retrieved 2018-01-22. 
  8. ^ "Angela T. Rye Esq. Bio" (PDF). 
  9. ^ "Rye: White supremacist statues need to be removed". CNN. August 18, 2017. 
  10. ^ Jefferson, J'na (October 2, 2017). "Finally: Common Confirms He's Dating The "Incredible" Angela Rye". Vibe. 
  11. ^ "Common Opens Up About Dating Angela Rye: 'She's A Wonderful Woman'". Essence. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  12. ^ Runtagh, Jordan (March 9, 2018). "Common and Angela Rye Have Split: 'May We All Keep Loving and Living'". People. 

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