Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Angela learned the importance of advocacy from her parents and was named after political activist and scholar Angela Davis. Rye studied at the Seattle University School of Law and planned to become a trial lawyer. But that all changed when she interned for U.S. Rep Maxine Waters (D-CA) and viewed another side of the political process.
After Law school, Rye worked at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education which focuses on the interests of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Capitol Hill was Angela's next stop where she worked as a senior advisor and counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security under the leadership of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson. She worked on policies to assist minorities businesses get government contracts. Angela's dream job was being the general counsel for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) for the 112th Congress where she was responsible for developing legislative and political strategies.
Angela founded IMPACT. An organization that assists entrepreneurs of color in the areas of economic empowerment, civic engagement and political participation. A passionate political commentator/analyst for several media outlets which includes CNN, NPR, BET, CNN, NBC, HBO, ABC, MSNBC, and TV One.
Angela Rye's Quote:
"Get yourself a village of mentors, and never be afraid to ask for exactly what you want."