Nice to meet you! I'm Leila, the new vice president of communications at EMILY's List.
I'm one of the many people who looked around after the 2016 presidential election and thought, "Women are going to be the ones leading the resistance." And I could think of no better place to land than EMILY's List.
I've joined this team at a crucial time: We're on a mission to get rid of as many anti-woman, anti-choice Republicans as possible and elect more pro-choice Democratic women than ever before. And our work is broad in scope — we're talking about helping women from mayors to senators and every office in between.
You can expect to hear PLENTY from me on all of the terrible things Republicans will try to get past us — and together, we'll hold them accountable (believe me).
I'm fired up to dive headfirst into this work. Are you with me? Donate $3 to EMILY's List to support everything we're going to do together.
Here's a bit more about me: I'm originally from New York. I've worked in broadcast journalism at places like CNN, NPR, and a number of local television stations. I also worked in African American media committed to the kind of aggressive journalism that speaks truth to power and uncovers the facts, no matter where the chips might fall. I also had the honor of representing South African President Nelson Mandela during his first U.S. tour after being released from prison.
Over the course of my career, I've had the privilege to lead communications in a number of big fights, from helping organize union workers in North Carolina to leading voter registration efforts for low-income Americans in 22 states.
I founded the first African American woman-owned public relations firm in D.C., where I worked on social justice issues, and most recently served as vice president of communications at the NAACP.
I'm at EMILY's List because I believe with every fiber of my being in resisting — against the worldview Donald Trump represents, the policies his cronies in Congress are supporting, and every extreme Republican state legislator who feels emboldened by what they're seeing in Washington.
But if there's one thing I know about this kind of work, it's that it takes all of us working together to get it done.
I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and get to work with you. Let's get started. Donate $3 to help hold Republicans accountable, defeat them, and replace them with pro-choice Democratic women:
Thank you — and talk more soon,
Vice President of Communications, EMILY's List
1800 M Street NW, Suite 375N, Washington, DC 20036
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