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Donna Brazile

“Political Outlook: A Comprehensive Picture of What’s Going On in Washington”


Donna Brazile has devoted her life to working for progressive change, responsible governance, and the advancement of all people in a society that is fair and equitable. She’s served as the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee twice and authored numerous New York Times Best Sellers rooted in American politics. She won the 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction, for her work coauthoring For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics. She is also a contributor to the recently published 400 Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619–2019.

Brazile first got involved in politics 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 playground was built, and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited.

Since 1976, Brazile has worked on every major presidential campaign. In 2000, she became the first Black woman to serve as the manager of a major party presidential campaign, running the campaign of former Vice President Al Gore.

Brazile loves working with young people, encouraging them to vote, to run for office, and to work within the system to strengthen it. She has lectured at over 225 colleges and universities across the country on political topics. Most recently, Brazile and former Republican National Committee chair, Michael Steele, were appointed by the Bipartisan Policy Center to lead its Election Legitimacy Initiative, a collaboration with public- and private-sector partners to undertake a nationwide public-education campaign to help voters understand their rights, identify nefarious misinformation, help them register, cast ballots, and make sure that their votes are accurately counted.

O, The Oprah Magazine, chose 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 and the Top 50 Women in America by Essence magazine. Brazile also received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s highest award for political achievement.

Along with all this, she moonlights as an actress, making appearances on House of Cards, Being Mary Jane, and The Good Wife. Ask Brazile and she’ll tell you that acting, after all, is the key to success in politics. 

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