By Mary Gordon
Donna Brazile, political commentator, strategist and author will be this year's Celebrate Diversity Breakfast keynote speaker at the Congressional City Conference. The breakfast is co-sponsored each year by NLC’s constituency groups: the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO, founder of the breakfast event); the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO); the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials (GLBTLO); the Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO); and Women in Municipal Government (WIMG).
Veteran political strategist Donna Brazile is vice chair of voter registration and participation for the Democratic National Committee and the former interim national chair of the DNC as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute.
Brazile began her political career at the age of 9 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 installed, and a lifelong passion for politica was ignited. Four decades and innumerable state and local campaigns later, Brazile has 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, Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University; a syndicated columnist for Universal Uclick, Ms. Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine; and an on-air contributor to CNN and ABC, where she regularly appears on This Week.
The Celebrate Diversity Breakfast will be held on Monday, March 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Thurgood Marshall West and South at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Tickets to the breakfast can be purchased online or onsite at the Congressional City Conference registration desk. Purchase tickets soon since this is always a sold-out event!
During his State of the Union address earlier this year, President Obama called on the philanthropic and business communities to help his Administration come up with solutions to the myriad challenges faced by young men and boys of color. He stated, “I'm reaching out to some of America's leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing especially tough odds stay on track and reach their full potential.”