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Daniella Gibbs Léger is the executive 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 is a frequent guest on numerous TV and radio shows and has been quoted in various print publications. She has been published in The Washington Post, HuffPost, Essence.com, TheGrio.com, and Democracy Journal. Named one of “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.

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New York Assemblyman Michael Blake on the Coronavirus in the Bronx In the News

New York Assemblyman Michael Blake on the Coronavirus in the Bronx

This week on "The Tent," a podcast through the Center for American Progress Action Fund, New York State Assemblyman Michael Blake explains the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis on the Bronx.

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Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Chris Ford, 2 More Dwayne Greene, Adam Peck

Unpacking the Economic Impact of COVID-19 With Sarah May Whitelake and CAP Action’s Gbenga Ajilore Article

Unpacking the Economic Impact of COVID-19 With Sarah May Whitelake and CAP Action’s Gbenga Ajilore

Hosts Daniella Gibbs Léger and Ed Chung sit down with Michigan bartender Sarah May Whitelake and CAP Action senior economist Gbenga Ajilore to discuss the economic impact of COVID-19.

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Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Chris Ford, 2 More Dwayne Greene, Adam Peck

Farewell for Now, but Not for Long Podcast
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Farewell for Now, but Not for Long

The final Thinking CAP podcast revisits Daniella and Ed's discussion with AFSCME President Lee Saunders about the labor movement

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Chris Ford

Trump Against the World at the G-7 Summit Podcast
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Trump Against the World at the G-7 Summit

Daniella and Ed chat about President Trump's controversial antics at the G-7 summit and revisit a conversation with former Ambassador Wendy Sherman.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Chris Ford

‘Here We Are Again’: On Gun Violence, White Nationalism, and the Scapegoating of Mental Illness Podcast
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‘Here We Are Again’: On Gun Violence, White Nationalism, and the Scapegoating of Mental Illness

In the wake of two mass shootings in a single weekend, Daniella sits down with CAP colleagues Chelsea Parsons, vice president for Gun Violence Prevention, and Rebecca Cokley, director of the Disability Justice Initiative, to try to make sense of it all.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Kyle Epstein, Chris Ford, 2 More Chelsea Parsons, Rebecca Cokley

Yes, the President Is Still a Racist Podcast
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Yes, the President Is Still a Racist

Following a recent op-ed in The Washington Post condemning the racist remarks of President Trump, two Black former Obama administration staffers sit down with Daniella to discuss how the country can move forward.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Kyle Epstein, Chris Ford

Ari Berman: A Green Light to Gerrymander Podcast
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Ari Berman: A Green Light to Gerrymander

Daniella and Ed chat with Mother Jones Senior Reporter Ari Berman this week about gerrymandering, the 2020 census, and the state of voting rights in the United States.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Kyle Epstein, 1 More Chris Ford

Who Is Kim Jong Un? Podcast
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Who Is Kim Jong Un?

Daniella, Ed, and CAP Senior Fellow Mike Fuchs chat with author Anna Fifield, Washington Post Beijing bureau chief, about her new book on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Kyle Epstein, 1 More Chris Ford

How Oakland, California, Radically Reduced Violence Podcast
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How Oakland, California, Radically Reduced Violence

This week, Ed spoke with Capt. Ersie Joyner of the Oakland Police Department about the city's successful and comprehensive Ceasefire program to address gun violence and crime in the community.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Kyle Epstein, 1 More Chris Ford

To Impeach or Not To Impeach—That Is the Question Podcast
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To Impeach or Not To Impeach—That Is the Question

This week, Daniella and Ed sit down with Jesse Lee, senior adviser for Communications at CAP, and discuss the stream of corruption scandals within the Trump administration as well as the merits of impeachment.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Kyle Epstein, 1 More Chris Ford

Darrick Hamilton: The Blueprint for a Better Society Podcast
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Darrick Hamilton: The Blueprint for a Better Society

This week, Daniella and Ed speak with Darrick Hamilton, executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, to discuss the U.S. economy, inequality, and reparations.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Kyle Epstein, 1 More Chris Ford

Ari Melber: Bring the Ruckus—and Sustainable Policy Ideas Podcast
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Ari Melber: Bring the Ruckus—and Sustainable Policy Ideas

Ed and Daniella chat with Ari Melber—host of MSNBC's "The Beat With Ari Melber"—to discuss the increasingly strained relationship between Congress and the Trump administration, as well as the debate around criminal justice reform.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Kyle Epstein, 1 More Chris Ford

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