Donna Brazile Profile

  • Brazile is the two-time interim chair of the Democratic National Convention and former chair of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute.

  • Brazile was the first African American woman to head a major campaign, serving as the campaign manager for Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential bid.

  • A current FOX news contributor, Brazile draws from her diverse experience to address the current state of affairs and empower voters from younger generations and minority populations.
  • One of the most powerful African American women in modern-day politics, Donna Brazile has served as interim chair of the Democratic National Committee two times. She is a driving force in cultivating grassroots movements and expanding political opportunities for minorities, both of which she pursues via her work at Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting and training firm she runs out of Washington D.C. The prominent political strategist is currently a contributor for FOX news.

    Brazile has been involved in major candidates’ campaigns in every presidential election since 1976. As Al Gore’s campaign manager, she made history as the first African American woman to direct a major political campaign.

    Outside election politics, Brazile has been a leader for those on the margins. As a member of the board of directors of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, she was key in rebuilding the New Orleans community after it was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

    Brazile is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Washingtonian magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, DC, Essence magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in America, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Award for Political Achievement and Ebony’s 150 most influential African Americans in the country. She is a New York Times best-selling author whose most recent works include Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House, and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics .

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      Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute.

      Aside from working for the full recovery of her beloved New Orleans, Ms. Brazile’s passion is encouraging young people to vote, to work within the system to strengthen it, and to run for public office. Since 2000, Ms. Brazile has lectured at over 125 colleges and universities across the country on such topics as “Inspiring Civility in American Politics,” Race Relations in the Age of Obama, Why Diversity Matters, Women in American Politics: Are We There Yet.

      She first got involved at the age of nine when she worked to elect a City Council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood; the candidate won, the swing set was installed, and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. Ms. Brazile worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she became the first African-American to manage a presidential campaign.

      Author of the best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, Ms. Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a syndicated newspaper columnist for Universal Uclick, a columnist for Ms. Magazine, and O, the Oprah Magazine, an on-air contributor to CNN, and ABC, where she regularly appears on ABC’s This Week. Her secret passion is acting; she has recently made two cameo appearances on CBS’s The Good Wife. Ask her and she’ll tell you that acting, after all, is the key to success in politics.

      In August 2009, O, The Oprah Magazine chose Ms. Brazile as one of its 20 “remarkable visionaries” for the magazine’s first-ever O Power List. In addition, she was named among the 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian magazine, Top 50 Women in America by Essence magazine, and received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s highest award for political achievement.

      She is currently on the board of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

      Last, but never least, she is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. In the aftermath of the two catastrophic hurricanes that made landfall in the Gulf region, Brazile was appointed by former Governor Kathleen Blanco to serve on the Louisiana Recovery Board to work for the rebuilding of the state and to advocate for the Gulf recovery on the national stage.

      Ms. Brazile is the proud recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from Louisiana State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Xavier University of Louisiana, the only historically Black, Catholic institution of higher education in the United States.

      Ms. Brazile is founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, DC.

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    Regarded as one of the most astute political strategists of her generation, Donna Brazile sheds light on contemporary politics, inclusion in politics, and upcoming elections. Interweaving 40+ years of insider knowledge with humor and heart, Brazile breaks down what’s driving current political trends while empowering people to take the reigns and “be the change you want to see.”

    Brazile is especially passionate about speaking to young voters, though she is frequently sought by corporate decision makers, trade associations, and unions.

    Political Perspective
    Donna Brazile, the veteran political strategist, delivers an in-depth look at the Obama Administration, the state of the current Congress, and the country’s current political landscape. She analyzes the hot political topics of the day, using behind-the-scenes insight gained from her days on the campaign trail. Brazile’s balanced scrutiny of politics and current events, from the view-point of a media veteran, gives audiences an entertaining and edifying experience they won’t soon forget.

    Passion for Politics
    Donna Brazile delivers anecdotal stories stemming from her experiences, such as working on every presidential campaign since 1984, heading the Gore-Lieberman campaign, serving as chief of staff and press secretary to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), serving as chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute, and being a Democratic political strategist. Brazile offers a comprehensive picture of the political environment, she gives an original perspective on the trends shaping and driving the mood of the country.

    Point/Counterpoint with Dana Perino
    In this presentation, Donna Brazile pairs up with former White House press secretary and current political commentator Dana Perino to offer perspectives from opposite sides of the aisle on today’s hot-button political issues. Both women are media savvy, appearing regularly on network news programs, and both have high-level practical political experience. Perino worked for President Bush, and Brazile worked for Al Gore’s presidential campaign. These two highly-regarded strategists make up a power duo that debates the issues that affect elections and shape the political landscape.

    Diversity and Inclusion: Expanding the Circle of Opportunity and Why it Matters
    Donna Brazile was the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign and is known for her work promoting diversity. An expert on political and socioeconomic issues, she sits on the board of the Professional Diversity Network and looks at why expanding the circle of opportunity for minorities helps everyone succeed and how diversity is the key to success both in the board room and in Washington DC.

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    “Donna was sharp, sophisticated, and the audience applauded with enthusiasm her witty saying about our political and social status quo. She seemed strong, influential, approachable, flexible, and professional. She is a good presenter and able to excite the audience with her speaking style. I receive numerous positive comments. Her presence here was covered widely by local media. I am very happy with the turnout and her performance.”
    – Kutztown University

    “Our event last Thursday was a rousing success and Donna was just great. The audience was extremely responsive to her presentation and she was just a real pleasure to work with. Donna has a unique way of making a point so that one has to stop and think about what she just said. It was very enjoyable and informative. Thank you for your help in making this possible. I have worked with a number of speakers famous and not so famous and I just appreciate the down to earth approach Donna takes in working with us.”
    – National Forum for Black Public Administrators

    “Donna Brazile was one of the most dynamic speakers that we’ve sponsored at Cal! Not only did she speak beyond the time promised, but her enthusiasm and motivation at the Q&A and during the reception was beyond anything we’ve experienced. Our students were most fortunate to share this time with her, and we would recommend her highly—at any cost!”
    – University Ombudsperson

    “Donna undoubtedly mesmerized the audience with her real life situational experiences, and her annotated delivery and dry humor. She can bring a tear to one’s eye, or a hearty laugh to one’s heart. She is a bright, captivating no nonsense speaker who has real life experience that she is willing to share with her audience.”
    – YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh

    “Everything went smoothly—on a scale of 1 to 10, it was a perfect 20. Donna spoke eloquently, she was absolutely awesome. All I could say is that Montclair State University was smitten with Donna Brazil. It was excellent! Her message was right on target—it was politics of Affirmative Action. We are looking forward to working with American Program Bureau again. ”
    – Montclair University

    “Her speech was well received by all and has been a topic of discussion throughout the campus ever since. I truly believe in the democratic process and if the impact she had on the students in my office is any example, California University students will be at the polls on November 2nd”
    – California University of Pennsylvania

    “Donna Brazile was probably the best speaker we have had in the 25 years I have been here. I was ready to vote for HER for president by the time she was done—and I’m a conservative! “

    – De Paul University

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    Books by Donna Brazile:

    Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House

    In the fallout of the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee–and as chaos threatened to consume the party’s convention–Democrats turned to a familiar figure to right the ship: Donna Brazile. Known to millions from her frequent TV appearances, she was no stranger to high stakes and dirty opponents, and the longtime Democratic strategist had a reputation in Washington as a one-stop shop for fixing sticky problems.

    What Brazile found at the DNC was unlike anything she had experienced before–and much worse than is commonly known. The party was beset by infighting, scandal, and hubris, while reeling from a brazen and wholly unprecedented attempt by a foreign power to influence the presidential election. Plus, its candidate, Hillary Clinton, faced an opponent who broke every rule in the political playbook.

    Packed with never-before-reported revelations about what went down in 2016, Hacks is equal parts campaign thriller, memoir, and roadmap for the future. With Democrats now in the wilderness after this historic defeat, Hacks argues that staying silent about what went wrong helps no one. Only by laying bare the missteps, miscalculations, and crimes of 2016, Brazile contends, will Americans be able to salvage their democracy.

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