Aisha Mills has spent more than twenty years advocating for underserved, underrepresented and under-resourced communities, and she has fought and won campaigns from the front lines of some of the most consequential movements of our time.
She crafted and helped implement federal policy during the Obama Administration as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, the largest progressive think tank in the country. She won marriage equality in the District of Columbia as President of that campaign in 2009, and she has helped to elect hundreds of people of color, LGBTQ people and women across the United States at the local, state, and federal level as president & CEO of the Victory Fund & Institute and executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC.
Aisha’s advocacy extends beyond the campaign trail to media and academia. A nationally respected voice on social justice and progressive politics, she frequently appears on MSNBC and CNN. She has also published dozens of policy reports and cultural analyses on issues of race, gender and sexuality. Most recently, Aisha hosted a daily prime-time current affairs show on the Black News Channel which amplified the politics and policies impacting Black and Brown communities, and profiled the transformational work of community leaders and small business owners across the country. The show was broadcast live from a studio Aisha built in Newburgh, bringing the national spotlight to the city.
In 2019, Aisha was appointed a resident fellow at Harvard Kennedy School where she taught a weekly seminar on the nation’s shifting demographics and the rise of the “New American Majority” of people of color, who will soon make up the majority of the population. Her course brought together diverse activists and political leaders from across the country to share their organizing expertise with students.
Aisha serves on the boards of the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund and the Newburgh Strategic Economic Development Advisory Council.
“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
“Thank you for making our 2020 Multicultural Women’s National Conference a huge success! I wanted you to know that we could not have done this without your leadership and expertise, and greatly appreciate your contribution to the event. The audience truly valued the high level of content put forth, and walked away with innovative ideas and strategies to help advance their careers.” – Working Mother Media
“Aisha’s keynote was terrific.” – YWCA USA
“We really enjoyed having Aisha at our center. She is amazing.” – Utah Pride Center
“She is a great human, and we’re glad to have been able to bring her to campus!” – University of Utah
Democratic strategist Aisha Mills on MSNBC's Deadline: White House.
Aisha Mills on racism and the Republican Party on CNN Tonight.
Aisha Mills in conversation with former Florida mayor Andrew Gillum.
Aisha Mills speaks at the Victory Fund and Institute gala.
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