Daniella Gibbs
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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.

Latest by Daniella Gibbs Léger

‘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

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

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