Angela Rye is a regular political contributor to several media outlets including MSNBC, TV One, CNN, BET, and Huffington Post, and has been featured as a part of Marie Claire’s 2013 New Guard, The Root 100 (2011-2013), and several other outlets as one of the most influential politicos. Currently, Rye is Principal of IMPACT Strategies, a government relations and political consulting firm she established in February 2013.
Rye served as the Executive Director and General Counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus for the 112th Congress. In her role as Executive Director, Rye was tasked with developing the overall legislative and political strategy for the Caucus during the chairmanship of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II. Prior to working for the CBC, she served as Senior Advisor and Counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security under the chairmanship of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson. Upon moving to the Nation’s Capital, Rye co-founded IMPACT, an organization that seeks to encourage young professionals in three core areas: economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement. The 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.
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Rye learned the importance of advocacy through her family’s political and community activism. She now resides in Bowie, Maryland and is a member of Reid Temple AME Church.