Donna Brazile is an American author, academic, and political analyst currently serving as vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). She was the first African American to direct a major presidential campaign, acting as campaign manager for Al Gore in 2000. She briefly served as interim chair of the DNC in the spring of 2011.
Brazile has worked on several presidential campaigns for Democratic candidates, including Jimmy Carter–Walter Mondale in 1976 and 1980, Jesse Jackson in 1984, Walter Mondale–Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, and Richard Gephardt in the 1988 Democratic primary. In the 1990s, Brazile served as chief of staff and press secretary to Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia, where she helped guide the District’s budget and local legislation on Capitol Hill. She also served as an advisor for Bill Clinton’s campaign for the presidency in 1992 and for re-election in 1996.?In 1999, Brazile was appointed deputy campaign manager and was later promoted to campaign manager of the 2000 presidential campaign of Vice President Al Gore, becoming the first African American woman to manage a presidential campaign.
Brazile also served as a lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park and a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, and she is currently an adjunct professor of women and gender studies at Georgetown University. She is a member of the advisory board of the Washington & Lee Mock Convention.?In September 2009, Brazile was the lead speaker for the commUNITY series at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Commentator and author
Brazile is a weekly contributor and political commentator on CNN’s The Situation Room and American Morning, and for CNN’s election coverage. In addition, she is a contributing writer for Ms. magazine and was a columnist for Roll Call. Brazile is also founder and managing director of Brazile and Associates and a contributor to NPR’s Political Corner and ABC news. In 2004, Simon and Schuster published Cooking With Grease, Brazile’s memoir of her life and work in politics. Brazile also guest starred in two episodes of The Good Wife.