Empowermenteur | Advocate | Political Strategist

a-rye-headshot-aboutAngela Rye is Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm in the nation’s capital. She is a CNN Political Commentator and NPR Political Analyst. She has been featured as an influential politico, lawyer, and advocate by several publications and outlets from Marie Claire to Ebony and the Washington Post, Rye has an unwavering commitment to ensuring positive change in the political process.  Rye is a prominent strategist who has offered on-air commentary for several media outlets including BET, CNN, NBC, HBO, ABC, MSNBC and TV One. The depth of her dialogue ranges from political campaigns to more complex legislation and administration policies that have long-term implications nationally and internationally.  She currently serves on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee (CBCPAC), the Seattle University School of Law Alumni, Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network, Inclusv, and Wilberforce University. She is a member of The Links, Incorporated, National Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Washington Government Relations Group.  

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. Prior to working for the CBC, she served as Senior Advisor and Counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security under the leadership of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson.   Upon moving to the Nation’s Capital, Rye co-founded IMPACT, an nonprofit organization that seeks to encourage young professionals in three core areas: economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Rye learned the importance of advocacy through her family’s political and community activism.  She is a proud graduate of the University of Washington and Seattle University School of Law.


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  • Principal and CEO, IMPACT Strategies
  • Lawyer
  • Political Strategist
  • Former CBC Executive Director
  • Worked on Capitol Hill for six years
  • Founded a nonprofit, IMPACT
  • Featured on MSNBC, TV One, C-SPAN, BET, HBO, NPR, TheRoot.com, and TheGrio.com
  • Featured in Marie Claire, Ebony, JET, Washington Post, Politico, FORTUNE, Washington Life, National Journal, Congressional Weekly


  • Fortune’s 40 Under 40 Women to Watch
  • Marie Claire Power Women
  • The Root 100
  • The Memorial Foundation Drum Majors for Justice Leadership Award
  • Howard Univ. CDA Progressive Young Leader Award
  • NBLSA-Western Region Distinguished Alumni Award
  • National Action Network Action & Authority Award
  • Seattle Univ. African American Alumni Award
  • On Being A Black Lawyer Power 100
  • Young & Powerful National Trailblazer
  • Politic365 Gamechanger
  • Seattle Univ. BLSA Vanguard Leader of the Year Award
  • MSNBC BLTWY Power List of 35 People Under 35
  • Power Play Magazine Leading Ladies
  • DC 50 Businesswomen Leaders
  • DC’s Most Influential People
  • Who’s Who in Black Washington, DC
  • NAACP Power 40
  • Black Girls Rock


  • Congressional Black Caucus Institute
  • Seattle University School of Law Alumni Board
  • Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network
  • Government Technology & Services Coalition
  • INCLUSV Board


  • The Links, Incorporated
  • Washington Government Relations Group
  • National Bar Association
  • American Bar Association