Aisha C. Moodie-Mills
Senior Fellow and Director, FIRE Initiative
Expertise: LGBT issues, relationship recognition and marriage equality, race and ethnicity
Aisha C. Moodie-Mills is Senior Fellow and Director of the FIRE Initiative at American Progress, where her work explores the intersections of race, sexual orientation, economics, and public policy. She has been recognized as one of the top “Forty Under 40” national LGBT leaders by The Advocate, and as one of The Root‘s 100 emerging and established leaders in the African-American community.
Aisha has also been a key strategist and spokesperson on behalf of same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia, where she served as the president of D.C.’s marriage equality campaign as the district became the fifth jurisdiction/state in the country to extend marriage rights to lesbian and gay couples. She and her wife Danielle were among the first same-sex couples to receive a marriage license in D.C., and their wedding was the first lesbian wedding to be featured by Essence magazine online.
Throughout her career, Aisha has served as a political advisor, private-sector liaison, and fundraiser to more than 50 members of Congress including six senators and the Congressional Black Caucus. Prior to her work at American Progress, she was the president of Synergy Strategy Group, a boutique fundraising and political consulting firm where she has raised millions of dollars for progressive candidates and advocacy organizations while helping them to amplify their voice in the public policy arena and expand their political reach.
Before Synergy, she served as the executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus’s Political Action Committee, regional finance director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and as an independent consultant to a host of progressive advocacy organizations and political campaigns. She cut her teeth in electoral politics as a member of the Human Rights Campaign’s campaign corps.
Aisha began her career in education policy and nonprofit management at the Center for Education Reform. She holds two degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park: a master of business administration from the R.H. Smith School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is a member of Net Impact, a global network of leaders who are changing the world through business, and the National Black MBA Association. A native of Willingboro, N.J., she and Danielle reside in Washington, D.C.