Historical veteran political strategist and author Donna Brazile has been appointed as Howard University's Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy for the 2018-2019 school year. According to a press release from the University, Brazile is working to develop and host a five-part lecture series that will educate the Howard community on issues such as politics, voting, criminal justice reform and civility. 

Brazile's political trajectory led her to make history as the first African American woman to direct a major presidential campaign. She served as Al Gore's campaign manager during the 2000 election, going on to become the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as a New York Times bestselling author for her book Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House. Her yearlong seat at Howard will be her first chair position, for which she is excited. 

"2018 is an election season like none other," Brazile said. "Having a conversation, not only about public policy but also citizen political activism just ten years following the historic election of President Barack Obama is a great and timely opportunity."

Brazile's theme for the year is "The Future is Now."  Her first event, titled "Finding Your Seat at the Table" is scheduled for September 4. 

“It is truly a great honor and privilege to be part of the King Lecture Series at Howard University,” Brazile told Diverse Education“For over 25 years, I have served as an adjunct professor on several college campuses across the United States, but Howard University has a unique history and an amazing future. I am looking forward to working with members of the faculty and engaging the students on important issues in public policy and strengthening our democracy.”

Brazile's wealth of experience may change the way some view public policy.

“We are delighted that such a renowned political strategist as Donna Brazile will hold the King Chair in Public Policy this academic year,” Howard alumni Gwen and Colby King said in a joint statement. “Donna Brazile will bring unparalleled breadth and depth of experience and knowledge to Howard students across several academic disciplines. Her presence on HU’s campus will spark a higher level of understanding and peak interest in the political process — having them eager to engage with her,” the Kings said.

Brazile is the seventh person to hold the King Chair since the $1 million endowment gift from the Kings was established in 2008. The position was last held by former FBI Director James Comey. With Ms. Brazile's experience and credibility, her time as chair will likely have a more positive legacy.

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