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Keynote Speaker

Donna Brazile

Veteran Democratic Political Strategist,
Founder and Managing Director
Brazile & Associates LLC

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 chair of the DNCs Voting Rights Institute.

Aside from working for the full recovery of her beloved home town of New Orleans, Ms. Brazile’s passion is encouraging young people to vote, work within the system to strengthen it, and to run for public office.

Ms. Brazile began her political career at the age of nine when she worked to elect a City Council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood. After the candidate won and the promised swing sets were installed, a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. Four decades and innumerable state and local campaigns later, Ms. Brazile has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000. When she served as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore, she became the first African-American woman 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 United Media; a columnist for Ms. Magazine; and, an on-air contributor to CNN, NPR, and ABC, where she regularly appears on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

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 has been named among the 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian magazine and she has made the Top 50 Women in America list by Essence magazine. Ms. Brazile has received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s highest award for political achievement. A former member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, responsible for leading the state’s rebuilding process in the aftermath of two catastrophic hurricanes, Ms. Brazile is the proud recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from Louisiana 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.