Aisha C. Mills
Aisha C. Mills is a political commentator on CNN and MSNBC, seasoned political strategist and social impact advisor. She has led and won campaigns that build political power for women, people of color and LGBTQ people for close to twenty years.
She recently completed a Resident Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, where she hosted a weekly seminar on identity politics and the rise of the new American majority of people of color. Previously, she was the first African American woman to ever lead a national LGBTQ organization in her role as president & CEO of the Victory Fund and Institute. In 2017, she was a driving force behind the organization’s historic “Year of the Trans Candidate” initiative, leading the effort that elected more transgender officials across the country than ever before.
Aisha has been a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress where she founded and directed the Fighting Injustice to Reach Equality initiative (FIRE) – dedicated to eliminating social, health, and economic disparities faced by LGBTQ people of color. She has served as executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, regional finance director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and fundraiser to several Congressional candidates.
A nationally respected voice on progressive policy and politics, she appears regularly on national news networks and has published dozens of policy reports and political and cultural analyses at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality. She has been recognized as one of the “Out 100” influencers by Out Magazine, The Root’s 100 most Influential African Americans, and Advocate Magazine’s “40 Under Forty” list of exemplary LGBTQ leaders.
Aisha and her wife Danielle were instrumental in bringing marriage equality to the District of Columbia where she was president of the marriage equality campaign. Married in 2010, their wedding was a cultural milestone in the fight for LGBTQ equality and was the first lesbian wedding ever featured by Essence magazine, earning the publication its first GLAAD Media Award.
After spending 20+ years in Washington, D.C., she and Danielle now call Brooklyn, NY home. She is a proud Terp, having earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park.
She speaks about identity politics; the new American majority; inclusive democracy; bridging cultural divides; race, gender and sexuality; and the business of diversity.
“Our democracy must be reflective of, responsive to, and led by the diverse communities that are the fabric of our nation.” – Aisha C. Mills
“She was amazing to have at the event, incredibly gracious, and eloquent. Just by looking around the room during Aisha and Emma’s onstage conversation, it was easy to see how enraptured the students were at the advice and anecdotes that Aisha had to share. It was definitely a great high note to kickoff off our three days of training, activism, and organizing.” – RALLY, Producer of the March For Our Lives OurPower Summit
Democratic strategist Aisha Mills on Deadline: White House on MSNBC.
Aisha C. Mills on racism and the Republican Party on CNN Tonight.
Aisha C. Mills in conversation with former Florida mayor Andrew Gillum.
Aisha C. Mills speaks at the Victory Fund and Institute gala.
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