Congressional Black Caucus Chairman-Elect Emanuel Cleaver Announces Key Staff Appointments

For Immediate Release: December 16, 2010

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Congressional Black Caucus Chairman-Elect Emanuel Cleaver Announces Key Staff Appointments

Washington, DC – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman-Elect Emanuel Cleaver today announced three talented emerging leaders to key positions within the CBC: Executive Director, Policy Director, and Communications Director.

Angela Rye, who currently serves as Senior Advisor and Counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security has been named Executive Director and General Counsel.  “It is important that we have strong, innovative, and thoughtful leadership which we have found in Angela Rye,” said Chairman-Elect Cleaver.  “Through her political, legal, and non profit background, I believe the wealth of knowledge Angela brings to the table is immeasurable and exactly what the Congressional Black Caucus needs for the challenges and triumphs we will face during the 112th Congress. I am certain that Angela and our team will provide the necessary direction and support for our ambitious agenda” added the Chairman-Elect.

Under the leadership of Chairman Bennie G. Thompson for the Committee on Homeland Security, Angela is charged with developing the legislative and outreach strategy for the Committee with a focus on assisting disenfranchised, small minority owned businesses. Prior to her committee work, Angela worked for the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) as the Coordinator of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs. In addition, Angela is a co-founder of IMPACT, a non profit organization, whose mission is to enhance knowledge of the political and legislative processes; foster civic engagement; and enhance economic empowerment opportunities for other emerging leaders of color, ages 21 to 40.

“It is an honor to work with Chairman-Elect Cleaver and the Members of the Congressional Black Caucus during the 40th Anniversary of the Caucus,” Angela Rye explained.  “I am eager to continue building on the legacy of those who have come before me and look forward to working for and with our outstanding Members of this great body.” Rye added.

Angela is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Young Lawyers Division for the National Bar Association.

E. Brandon Garrett has been named Policy Director and will be responsible for overseeing the legislative priorities and policy agenda for the Congressional Black Caucus.  Working closely with the Members and their staff, Brandon will ensure that the Caucus continues the work of ending disparities and continues to create opportunities for all Americans.  Brandon Garrett is currently the Legislative Director for Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.  Prior to serving as Legislative Director, Brandon served as Legislative Assistant and Policy Advisor to Congressman William Jefferson.

Stephanie L. Young has been named Communications Director. Prior to joining the Congressional Black Caucus, Stephanie served as Press Secretary for Congressman Steve Cohen’s re-election campaign and Deputy Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  In addition, Stephanie worked to register over 2 million voters for the 2008 Presidential Election as the Communications Associate with Rock the Vote.



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