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Expertise: Race, media, politics, elections

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 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 Léger
Evergreen Action’s Jamal Raad: The West Coast Is on FireCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 17, 2020
AFT President Randi Weingarten on How the Trump Administration Failed Our Kids, Parents, and TeachersCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 11, 2020
2020’s Next Phase, Plus the Future of Policing With Minnesota Attorney General Keith EllisonCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 3, 2020
Supermajority’s Juanita Tolliver on Engaging the Black ElectorateCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 27, 2020
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on the 2020 DNC and Governing To Meet the MomentCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 20, 2020
Jennifer Palmieri on the New Era for Women in PoliticsCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 13, 2020
The Legacy of John Lewis, and Amber Torres on How Indian Country Is Responding to the PandemicCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 23, 2020
New School Professor Maya Wiley on the Struggle for Equal Justice in AmericaCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 16, 2020
Modeling a Path Forward With Newark Mayor Ras BarakaCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 9, 2020
Director Dawn Porter on Her New Documentary ‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’ and the Need for Activism in the Modern AgeCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 2, 2020
Donald Trump’s Ongoing Culture of Corruption and How To Effectively Contact Trace, With CAP Action’s Adam ConnerCenter for American Progress ActionJune 25, 2020
A Landmark Win for the LGBTQ Community, With Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso DavidCenter for American Progress ActionJune 18, 2020
A New Age in Police Reform With Roy Austin, Former Deputy Assistant to President ObamaCenter for American Progress ActionJune 11, 2020
Black Lives Matter, and a Conversation With Rep. Joe NeguseCenter for American Progress ActionJune 5, 2020
George Floyd, Christian Cooper, and Being Black in AmericaCenter for American Progress ActionMay 28, 2020
CREW’s Noah Bookbinder on Government Oversight in the Trump EraCenter for American Progress ActionMay 21, 2020
Dr. Keisha Callins on the Coronavirus Pandemic in GeorgiaCenter for American Progress ActionMay 14, 2020
Houston Dreamer Jesus Contreras on Frontline Health Care Work in the Age of the CoronavirusCenter for American Progress ActionMay 7, 2020
New York Assemblyman Michael Blake on the Coronavirus in the BronxCenter for American Progress ActionApril 30, 2020
Dr. Angela Rasmussen on Studying the Novel Coronavirus and Other Infectious DiseasesCenter for American Progress ActionApril 23, 2020
David Daley on Unrigging America’s Broken DemocracyCenter for American Progress ActionApril 9, 2020
Unpacking the Economic Impact of COVID-19 With Sarah May Whitelake and CAP Action’s Gbenga AjiloreCenter for American Progress ActionApril 2, 2020
US Air Force Veteran Sarah Samere on the Hurdles of Testing for COVID-19Center for American Progress ActionMarch 26, 2020
10 Years of the Affordable Care Act, With Patient Advocate Peter MorleyCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 19, 2020
Topher Spiro on State and Local Government Response to the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 17, 2020
Ben Wikler on Rebuilding Progressive Organizing Infrastructure in WisconsinCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 12, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: Dr. Zeke Emanuel on Managing the Coronavirus OutbreakCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 9, 2020
Super Shake-up on Super Tuesday With SKDK’s Doug ThornellCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 5, 2020
The Rev. Leah Daughtry on the Stakes of the South Carolina PrimaryCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 27, 2020
All Bets Are Off Heading Into Nevada, With BuzzFeed’s Addy BairdCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 20, 2020
A Muddled Field: Breaking Down the Primary With Jonathan MartinCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 13, 2020
Rep. Eric Swalwell on President Trump’s Culture of CorruptionCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 6, 2020
Exposing the Trump Administration’s Obstruction With Kate BrannenCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 30, 2020
Trump’s (Witnessless) Impeachment Trial and NARAL’s Ilyse Hogue on the Anniversary of RoeCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 23, 2020
John Podesta on Donald Trump’s Impeachment TrialCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 16, 2020
New Year, Same Trump-Induced Chaos, With Mieke EoyangCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 9, 2020
A Mandate To Be on the Right Side of HistoryCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 19, 2019
Impeachment Inquiry 301: Articles UnveiledCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 12, 2019
Unraveling 2020 Twists With Amanda TerkelCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 5, 2019
Giving Thanks and Also SubpoenasCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 2, 2019
Hitting the Quid Pro QuotaCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 21, 2019
Impeachment Inquiry 201: Public HearingsCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 14, 2019
Cornell Belcher Gets Real on 2020 PollingCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 7, 2019
Breaking Down the Latest on Impeachment—Plus, Harris, Booker, and Steyer Visit the Justice Voters 2020 ForumCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 31, 2019
Nayyera Haq on the Trump-Induced Crisis in Syria (And Yes, Impeachment)Center for American Progress ActionOctober 24, 2019
Rep. Ted Lieu on Syria, Impeachment, and AccountabilityCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 17, 2019
Trump’s Ukrainian Affair With ‘The Asset’s’ Max BergmannCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 10, 2019
Impeachment Inquiry 101 With Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuadeCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 3, 2019
Impeachment and Joy-Ann Reid on the 2020 PrimaryCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 27, 2019
Stacey Abrams and the Fight for Voting RightsCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 19, 2019
Navigating Purple State Politics With Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffeCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 12, 2019
Democrats Must Heed Voices of ColorReal Clear PolicyNovember 21, 2017