Veteran political strategist Donna Brazile is the former interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). She is the author of the New York Times bestseller "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House" and the 2004 best-selling memoir "Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics." Additionally, she co-authored "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics," which won the 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction.
Devoting her life to progressive change, responsible governance, and the advancement of all people, Ms. Brazile embarked on her political journey at the age of nine. Her commitment was sparked by working on a City Council campaign that promised to build a playground in her neighborhood—a promise fulfilled and the beginning of a lifelong passion for political progress.
Since 1976, Ms. Brazile has been actively involved in every major presidential campaign. In 2000, she made history as the first African American woman to manage a major party presidential campaign, overseeing the campaign of former Vice President Al Gore.
Passionate about inspiring young people, Ms. Brazile has lectured at over 200 colleges and universities, covering topics such as inspiring civility in American politics, race relations in the age of Obama, why diversity matters, and women in American politics. She was appointed by President Obama to serve on the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in 2013.
An accomplished educator, Ms. Brazile serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and has been a Joan Shorenstein fellow in Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She holds the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy at Howard University.
Recognized for her contributions, Ms. Brazile has received numerous honors, including being named one of O, The Oprah Magazine's 20 "remarkable visionaries," inclusion in Washingtonian magazine's 100 Most Powerful Women, Essence magazine's Top 50 Women in America, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's highest award for political achievement. In 2016, she was awarded Wonk of the Year from the Kennedy Political Union at American University, and in March 2018, Black Enterprise honored her with the Barbara Graves Legacy Award.
Active in her hometown of New Orleans, Ms. Brazile played a crucial role in the aftermath of hurricanes, serving on the Louisiana Recovery Board and the Tricentennial Commission appointed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
A media contributor, Ms. Brazile is associated with Fox News, having previously contributed to ABC News and CNN. She received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Program, Good Morning America (2016-2017), and has been a syndicated newspaper columnist for Universal U’Click. Additionally, Ms. Brazile is the founder and director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a Washington, DC-based general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm.