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Expertise: Race, media, politics, elections

Daniella Gibbs Léger is the senior vice president for Communications and Strategy at American Progress. Previously, she was the organization’s senior vice president for American Values and New Communities, where her work focused on the intersection of politics, race, demographic change, religion, and values.

Prior to joining American Progress, Léger served as a special assistant to the president and director of message events in the Obama administration. In this role she was responsible for helping to plan and execute the president’s official domestic events. Prior to joining the White House in January 2009, Léger was the vice president for Communications at American Progress, where she specialized in domestic and economic policy, as well as American Progress’s overall communications strategy.

Léger has also been the deputy director of communications at the Democratic National Committee, where she began working in June 2002 as communications director for the Women’s Vote Center in the political department. During her tenure at the Democratic National Committee, Léger also handled African American and specialty media and was a regional media director during the 2004 presidential cycle. Prior to that, Léger spent two years at the National Newspaper Publishers Association as their marketing associate and political liaison. Léger also worked at Sony Music in New York City for three years before moving to Washington, D.C.

Léger has been a guest on numerous TV and radio shows and has been quoted in various print publications. Her columns have been posted on the Huffington Post and TheGrio.com, and she is currently a contributing columnist for Essence.com and Loop21.com. Named one “DC’s Top 9 Blacks Behind the Scenes” and of the top 15 African American women in politics under 40, Léger holds a degree in government and a minor in sociology from the University of Virginia.

By Daniella Gibbs Leger
Progressive Lawmakers Flex Their MusclesCenter for American ProgressDecember 13, 2018
‘Thunderdome Politics’ with Greg SargentCenter for American ProgressDecember 6, 2018
Sandy Still Speaks: The Life and Death of Sandra BlandCenter for American ProgressNovember 29, 2018
April Ryan: ‘He Hates Me, But That’s Fine’Center for American ProgressNovember 21, 2018
Rosamund Pike, Matthew Heineman, and Speaking Truth to Power Through FilmCenter for American ProgressNovember 15, 2018
Midterm Election Special With Neera TandenCenter for American ProgressNovember 8, 2018
Jeh Johnson on a Week of Hate and the Importance of the VoteCenter for American ProgressNovember 1, 2018
A Mueller Investigation Refresher With Joyce VanceCenter for American ProgressOctober 25, 2018
The Illiberal International: Michael McFaul on Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia, and Vladimir PutinCenter for American ProgressOctober 19, 2018
Ike Barinholtz and How to Talk Politics at the Dinner TableCenter for American ProgressOctober 11, 2018
Michael Steele Puts a ‘Check on Stupid’Center for American ProgressOctober 4, 2018
This Is Us: Valerie Jarrett, Mayor Michael Tubbs, and the Long Road to ProgressCenter for American ProgressSeptember 27, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: Ambassador Wendy Sherman and the Decline of American Moral AuthorityCenter for American ProgressSeptember 25, 2018
‘Trump Is a Liar, and He Is Stupid’: Dan Pfeiffer on Trump, Tweeting, and Political Climate ChangeCenter for American ProgressSeptember 20, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: Jeffrey Toobin on Brett Kavanaugh’s #MeToo MomentCenter for American ProgressSeptember 18, 2018
Are There Any Adults in the Room?Center for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2018
Jason Kander Goes Outside the WireCenter for American ProgressSeptember 6, 2018
The Biggest Enemy on Social Media Is the UserCenter for American ProgressSeptember 6, 2018
How Brett Kavanaugh Will Provide Cover for TrumpCenter for American ProgressSeptember 6, 2018
Thinking CAP Season 2 – Coming September 6!Center for American ProgressSeptember 5, 2018
Black Women Magic (Part 2 LIVE from Power Rising in Atlanta, GA)Center for American ProgressMarch 6, 2018
Black Women Magic (Part 1 LIVE from Power Rising in Atlanta, GA)Center for American ProgressFebruary 27, 2018
Politics, With a Dash of HumorInsideSourcesSeptember 29, 2017
I Went to the University of Virginia. We Don’t Need Statues to Remember our HistoryGlamourAugust 17, 2017
Sound-Off: ‘I Watched A Man Die On the Internet’ESSENCEAugust 1, 2014
Sound-Off: An In-Depth Look at What President Obama’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ MeansESSENCEJune 3, 2014
The Ryan Budget Once Again Hurts Communities of ColorCenter for American ProgressApril 4, 2014
How the Ryan Budget Will Affect Communities of ColorCenter for American ProgressMarch 18, 2013
Two Men Working Our Last Nerve This Election YearEssenceJune 5, 2012
Why Fried Chicken Is Still No Laughing MatterLoop21April 16, 2012
Trayvon Martin: So Many Baffling QuestionsEssenceMarch 28, 2012
Ryan Budget Would Cause More Pain for Communities of ColorCenter for American ProgressMarch 21, 2012
Komen’s Backpedal on Planned Parenthood Funding Put Women’s Health at RiskThe GrioFebruary 15, 2012
Male Privilege and the Birth Control DebateThe Huffington PostFebruary 15, 2012
Obama Steps Up for Communities of ColorCenter for American ProgressFebruary 13, 2012
Martin Luther King, Obama, and My ParentsLoop 21January 18, 2012
Fear of a Black Planet: Pat Buchanan Says Diversity Isn’t AmericanLoop 21 blogDecember 12, 2011
The Path to 270Huffington PostDecember 7, 2011
Uncovering RaceCenter for American ProgressDecember 1, 2011
Progress 2050: New Ideas for a Diverse AmericaCenter for American ProgressOctober 18, 2011
The Realities of ‘The Help’Center for American ProgressAugust 16, 2011
The African American ElectorateCenter for American ProgressAugust 8, 2011
NAACP Looks to the FutureCenter for American ProgressAugust 3, 2011
Could Chaffetz Beat Hatch in Utah?PoliticoJune 28, 2011
The Lack of Diversity on Capitol HillCenter for American ProgressJune 28, 2011
Redemption in 100 Days or LessCenter for American ProgressNovember 15, 2006