Howard University Appointed Donna Brazile as King Endowed Chair in Public Policy

Donna Brazile

Last fall, Donna Brazile, veteran political strategist and author, was appointed as the 2018–19 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy.

Brazile developed and hosted a series of lectures to engage the Howard community on several subjects, including politics, voting, criminal justice reform and civility.

During the yearlong chair position, Brazile’s theme focused on “The Future Is Now,” exploring several public policy areas.

The first guest of the series was Republican National Committee Chairman and political activist Michael Steele. Over the last several months, Brazile also welcomed news anchor Greta Van Susteren; NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson; Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); a panel of women in politics, which included Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) and Yvette Clarke (D-NY); Attorney General for the State of New York and Howard University School of Law alumna Letitia “Tish” James; and Howard University alumnus Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD).

The Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy was established in 2008 by government and business leader Gwendolyn S. King and her husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Colbert I. King. The King Chair provides students access to experienced, senior public service executives who have developed and advanced public policy initiatives.




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