“Giving voices to justice for 50 Years”

During Georgia Tech’s Fifth Annual Black History Month Lecture, “Giving Voice to Justice for 50 Years,” Angela Rye, principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, political commentator for CNN, and political analyst for NPR, will discuss the recent controversies of sexual harassment, the unmasking of male privilege, and the impact of the #MeToo movement.

Presented by Institute Diversity and AASU, Angela Rye will examine:

  • What factors gave rise to the #MeToo movement, and what is the potential of this movement to shift the dynamics of gender equity and equality in society?
  • What are some of the most pressing issues facing women today, especially women of color?
  • How can we use our story, our access, and our privilege to give voice to justice in the next 50 years?
  • What can students and employees at Georgia Tech do to promote gender equity and equality, particularly in the current political climate?


More about Angela Rye

Angela Rye is principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm in the nation’s capital. She is a political commentator for CNN and political analyst for NPR. Rye has been featured as an influential politico, lawyer, and advocate by several publications and media outlets, including Marie Claire, Ebony, and The Washington Post. She is a prominent strategist who has offered on-air commentary for several media outlets, including BET, CNN, NBC, HBO, ABC, MSNBC, and TV One. Rye has an unwavering commitment to ensuring positive change in the political process. The depth of her dialogue ranges from political campaigns to more complex legislation and administration policies that have long-term implications nationally and internationally.

Rye currently serves on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee, Seattle University School of Law Alumni, Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network, Inclusv, and Wilberforce University. She is a member of The Links, Incorporated, National Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Washington Government Relations Group.

Rye served as the executive director and general counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) for the 112th Congress. In this role, she was tasked with developing the overall legislative and political strategy for the caucus. Prior to working for the CBC, Rye served as senior advisor and counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security under the leadership of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson.

Upon moving to the nation’s capital, she co-founded IMPACT, a nonprofit organization that seeks to encourage young professionals in three core areas: economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Rye learned the importance of advocacy through her family’s political and community activism. She is a proud graduate of the University of Washington and Seattle University School of Law.