Donna Brazile
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  • "Donna Brazile is hard to ignore, given her penchant for candor and 20 years' experience in the making of Democratic presidential candidates. She feels that getting a candidate elected takes the same artful mix as cooking up a fine gumbo. And her political opinions are as fiery as Tabasco."
    -The New York Times

  • "Donna Brazile was probably the best speaker we have had in the 25 years I have been here. I was ready to vote for HER for president by the time she was done—and I’m a conservative!"
    -De Paul University

  • "Thank you for being the energy behind the National Women’s Leadership Summit on Energy and the Environment. Your contribution as a speaker empowered the Louisiana Center for Women and Government in its efforts to motivate and prepare women of public service. There are not enough languages with which to express our appreciation for your phenomenal participation in a Summit which exceeded all expectations."
    -Louisiana Center for Women and Government

Donna Brazile

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 DNC's Voting Rights Institute. Last, but never least, she is a native of New Orleans.

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

A New Orleans native, 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; the candidate won, the swing set was installed and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. Four decades and innumerable state and local campaigns later, Brazile has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore, becoming 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, Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a syndicated newspaper columnist for United Media, a columnist for Ms. magazine and O, the Oprah Magazine, an on-air contributor to CNN and ABC, where she regularly appears on This Week with Christiane Amanpour.

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