Nina Smith is currently the publicist for The Root.com, the nation’s premier source of news, culture and commentary for thought leaders of color. Having received her B.A. in Political Science from Morgan
A communicator, digital strategist, and legislative specialist Brandon Andrews handled defense, technology, foreign relations, and small business issues as a legislative staffer
Erica Butler, an alumna of Florida A&M University, received her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. Erica has interned on Capitol Hill working for former Congressman Albert Wynn and current Del. Eleanor
Ashley Le’Nay Clingman-Jackson currently works at the Department of State as the Global Issues Senior Adviser in the Bureau of South and Central Asia. A graduate of American University’s School of International Studies,
Krystal Leaphart is an emerging civil rights leader. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Krystal was able to learn the values of service and advocacy through organizations like the Detroit National
Tyrik “Ty” McKeiver is currently a graduate school candidate at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) focusing on international affairs and management.
Prior to his graduate studies, he worked in Washington, D.C. for several years in the Executive and Legislative branches of government and in the private sector. As a former congressional staffer and policy advisor for Senator Bill Nelson and the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security under the leadership of Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, Mr. McKeiver has a breadth of knowledge as it relates to public policy development, oversight, and implementation.
In his capacity on Capitol Hill, Tyrik handled a wide range of issues to improve coordination of Federal, State, local, and Tribal governments in planning for, responding to, and communicating during manmade and natural disasters.
A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Adria Crutchfield began living and working in Washington, D.C. in January 2005 for Congressman G.K. Butterfield (NC-01) as the health care legislative assistant. After
Ryan Scott is a native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Allegheny College. Ryan served as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch where he worked with a team called the Washington Renaissance
You may contact Ryan Scott via email at Ryan.Scott@impact-dc.com.
Semhar Araia is the founder and executive director of the Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN), an organization that develops and supports the next generation of African diaspora women
Angela Rye is a Principal at IMPACT Strategies and political strategist. She most recently served as the Executive Director/General Counsel for the Congressional Black Caucus. She has been
Ms. Rye served as Senior Advisor and Counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security under the leadership of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman. There she was charged with developing the general political strategy for the Committee with a focus on assisting disenfranchised, small minority owned businesses.
Upon moving to Washington, D.C., Rye co-founded IMPACT, an organization that seeks to encourage young professionals in three core areas: economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement. The seven-year-old organization has quickly become a powerful voice and advocate for today’s young professionals of color nationwide. Rye continues to serve as IMPACT’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. During her tenure with the organization, IMPACT has formed partnerships with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Rainbow PUSH’s Wall Street Project, Young & Powerful, Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute, Black Leadership Forum, and others.
Rye began her career in legislative advocacy upon graduating from Seattle University School of Law, at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), which is the umbrella association for the Nation’s 120 historically and predominantly 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 had the privilege of serving as a Legal Extern in Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ Los Angeles office. While working in the district office, Rye learned about legislative procedure and organization, as well as developed favorable public policy for constituents, and 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 Western Region Executive Board. Formerly the Legislative Affairs Chair of the Greater Washington Area Chapter (GWAC) for the Women’s Law Division of the NBA, Rye is committed to shoring up efforts to increase knowledge of the political processes for her colleagues and peers. Rye’s reputation for advocacy led to her recent appointment to the American Bar Association’s Government Affairs Committee, where she serves as the YLD Liaison. She is also Vice Chair of the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Rye learned the importance of advocacy through her family’s political and community activism.
You may contact Angela Rye via email at Angela.Rye@impact-dc.com.
Born and raised in Dundee, Florida, Joe Briggs was a scholarship athlete at Texas Christian University earning three varsity letters as a committed student leader on campus. After working in corporate
During his time in law school, Mr. Briggs was employed as a law clerk by the top tier public finance firm Bryant Miller Olive and was also selected as a United States Senate Legal Extern. Mr. Briggs also completed two years of national leadership on the National Black Law Students Association Executive Board while also serving as a Lieutenant Governor in the ABA Law Student Division, Vice President of the Student Bar Association and as a member of his law school trial team.
After the completion of his externship as a US Senate Legal Fellow, Mr. Briggs was hired by the NFL Players Association to manage their Financial Programs Department. Currently, he is the Public Policy Counsel of the NFLPA and the first person to lead the NFLPA Government Relations Department. Mr. Briggs is also a professor at Georgetown University and often speaks on subjects ranging from politics to sports and everything in between. You may contact Joe Briggs via email at Joe.Briggs@impact-dc.com.
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