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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.

By Daniella Gibbs Léger
Dr. Kavita Patel on the Omicron Variant and Pandemic 2 Years InCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 20, 2022
Ted Johnson on Overcoming Racism and Protecting U.S. DemocracyCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 13, 2022
Malcolm Nance on the 1-Year Anniversary of the January 6 InsurrectionCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 6, 2022
CAP Action’s Navin Nayak Recaps the Ups and Downs of 2021Center for American Progress ActionDecember 23, 2021
Economist Kate Bahn on Inflation, Build Back Better, and the Economic RecoveryCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 16, 2021
Max Bergmann on Russia, Ukraine, and the Summit for DemocracyCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 9, 2021
Planned Parenthood’s Jacqueline Ayers on Mississippi’s Challenge to Roe v. WadeCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 3, 2021
How the Build Back Better Act Will Cut Costs for FamiliesCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 18, 2021
John Podesta on COP26 and the Build Back Better AgendaCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 12, 2021
Celinda Lake on Bellwether Elections in Virginia and New JerseyCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 4, 2021
Secretary Julián Castro on President Biden’s Papal VisitCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 28, 2021
Patrick Gaspard on a New Era at American ProgressCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 21, 2021
Ben Berwick on the Threats to American DemocracyCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 14, 2021
Rosa Mendoza on Latino Voters in the United StatesCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 7, 2021
Director Julie Cohen on New Documentary ‘My Name Is Pauli Murray’Center for American Progress ActionSeptember 30, 2021
Congressman Don Beyer on the Build Back Better ActCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 24, 2021
Dr. Leana Wen on the Never-Ending COVID-19 PandemicCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 16, 2021
Ret. Capt. Dan Berschinski on the Legacy of 9/11Center for American Progress ActionSeptember 9, 2021
Akua Amaning on Equitable Cannabis LegalizationCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 22, 2021
Democracy on the Edge, and HuffPost’s Ryan Reilly on the January InsurrectionCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 15, 2021
Just Security’s Ryan Goodman on Investigating the January 6 InsurrectionCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 8, 2021
Scott Keyes on Why You Should Take More VacationsCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 1, 2021
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on LGBTQ Pride and the Senate’s Very Busy JuneCenter for American Progress ActionJune 24, 2021
The Fight for Voting Rights in Texas, With State Reps. Martinez Fischer and HinojosaCenter for American Progress ActionJune 21, 2021
Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern on the Supreme Court and Judicial ReformsCenter for American Progress ActionJune 10, 2021
Sen. Tammy Duckworth on Investing in Infrastructure and BipartisanshipCenter for American Progress ActionJune 3, 2021
Civil Rights Corps’ Thea Sebastian on Pushing the Boundaries of Police ReformCenter for American Progress ActionMay 27, 2021
Mother Jones’ Ari Berman and the Struggle To Protect Voting RightsCenter for American Progress ActionMay 20, 2021
AFL-CIO Chief Economist Bill Spriggs on the Economy and Infrastructure for AllCenter for American Progress ActionMay 13, 2021
Former U.S. Sen. Doug Jones on the First 100 Days of the Biden AdministrationCenter for American Progress ActionApril 30, 2021
Dr. Rashawn Ray on the Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict and Police Reform in the United StatesCenter for American Progress ActionApril 22, 2021
Dr. Peter Hotez on J&J Vaccinations and the State of the COVID-19 PandemicCenter for American Progress ActionApril 15, 2021
Chelsea Parsons on Ending Inaction on Gun Violence Preventio‪nCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 25, 2021
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman on the American Rescue Plan and Forging ChangeCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 18, 2021
Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Need for Statehood for Washington, D.C.Center for American Progress ActionMarch 11, 2021
The Fight for Bold Democracy Refor‪mCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 4, 2021
The Equality Act and the Quest To Protect LGBTQ Right‪sCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 25, 2021
How White Supremacy Flourished in Donald Trump’s White HouseCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 18, 2021
Impeachments and VaccinationsCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 11, 2021
Jocelyn Frye on the Need for a Gender-Equitable Recovery EffortCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 4, 2021
Dr. Reed Tuckson on Racial Disparities in Vaccines and Public HealthCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 28, 2021
HuffPost’s Kate Sheppard on Progressive Politics in the New WashingtonCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 22, 2021
Malcolm Nance on White Supremacy and the Capitol InsurrectionCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 14, 2021
David Daley and What’s Ahead for American DemocracyCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 7, 2021
Jon Lovett Helps Us Wrap Up the Longest Year EverCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 17, 2020
U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chairman Ben Hovland on the Successes of the 2020 ElectionCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 10, 2020
Dr. Angela Rasmussen on New COVID-19 Vaccines and the State of the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 19, 2020
A Time for Healing?Democracy JournalNovember 19, 2020
Delaware State Senator-Elect Sarah McBride on Political Trailblazing in 2020Center for American Progress ActionNovember 12, 2020
CAP Action CEO Neera Tanden and the Stakes of the 2020 General ElectionCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 6, 2020
Dr. Rachel Bitecofer on the 2020 General Election and America’s Shifting Electoral CoalitionsCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 29, 2020
The Appeal’s Daniel Nichanian on the Fight for Voting Rights in 2020Center for American Progress ActionOctober 22, 2020
The New Republic’s Matt Ford on the Future of the Supreme CourtCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 15, 2020
The Economist’s G. Elliott Morris on Forecasting the 2020 General ElectionCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 8, 2020
Mother Jones’ David Corn on the First Trump-Biden Debate and a Peak Inside the President’s TaxesCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 1, 2020
Remembering Justice Ginsburg, and Former Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt on the Future of Health CareCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 24, 2020
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