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FutureStarrA Angela Rye
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Who served as director from 2007-2013. IMPACT aimed to encourage young professionals in economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement. The group later invited Rye, and along with her membership IMPACT formed 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. She also served as a Senior Advisor to the House Committee on Homeland security, where she helped develop 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 brief time as director, she was "tasked with developing the overall legislative and political strategy for the Caucus".
Rye began her career in legislative advocacy at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), an umbrella association for the Nation’s 120 historically and predominately black colleges and universities on Capitol Hill and with the Executive Branch. At NAFEO, she served as the Coordinator of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs. Prior to NAFEO, Rye worked as a Legal Extern in the Los Angeles office of Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA). While working in the district office, Rye assisted in the mobilization and organization of community members to make a difference locally. Rye also served as the Western Region Director for the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) where she managed and supervised the Regional Executive Board. (Source: www.cbcpac.org)
Watching this GIANT of a woman and her posse of fearless warrior men and women fight and get millions for survivors (who couldn’t even afford – at 107 years old – their flights to DC last week to testify before Congress) and their descendants,” he wrote on May 31. “I watched as the perpetrator events were cancelled and the righteous cause prevailed. I watched the pure love for Black people this woman and her allies have change the game seemingly overnight. I’m inspired. And grateful for all the ways I’ve learned and grown as a result of the example @angelarye embodies everyday. For me & mine and you & yours. Thank God for this Giant Queen Warrior Truth Teller.” (Source:
Rye has over a decade of experience in government contracting, homeland security, civil rights, higher education, political fundraising, strategic communications, and issue advocacy. She currently serves on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, the Seattle University School of Law Alumni, Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network, serves as a senior advisor to the Government Technology and Services Coalition, and is a member of The Links, Incorporated, National Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Washington Government Relations Group. Upon moving to the Nation’s Capital, 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. (Source: www.cbcpac.org)