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Leah D. Daughtry

img_6021-cropLeah D. Daughtry is the National Presiding Prelate of The House of the Lord Churches, the fourth in succession.  She was installed in October 2019.

The Reverend Leah D. Daughtry is a nationally recognized organizer-activist, political strategist, author, and Faith leader.  The daughter of a long line of community organizers and activists, Leah represents the fifth consecutive generation of pastors in the Daughtry family.  A consummate servant-leader, Leah describes her ability to create calm out of chaos as a God-given gift; and everything she has accomplished is a reflection of that gifting.

Bishop Daughtry serves as Presiding Prelate of The House of the Lord Churches, the fourth in succession, Standing at the intersection of Faith and politics, she works with community activists and organizations, political entities, businesses, and faith leaders and communities to assist them in building coalitions and partnerships that advance the common good.  For her work with and within communities of Faith, Religion News Service named her one of the 12 most influential Democrats in the nation on faith and values politics.  She has also served as Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, where she focused on the role faith and values play in American politics,

In 2018, Daughtry launched Power Rising, a convening of, by, and for Black women, designed to support Black women in leveraging their political, economic, and social power to ensure equity, opportunity, and representation for ourselves and our communities.  This highly successful gathering created an agenda that is turning power into action and using our influence for the betterment of ourselves, our communities and our country.

She is Principal of On These Things, LLC, which supports a broad array of businesses and organizations with strategic planning, project management, and community engagement activities.  Daughtry previously served as Chief of Staff of the Democratic Party, as well as Chief Executive Officer of the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions, making her the first person in Democratic Party history to hold the position twice.

Along with Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, and Minyon Moore, Daughtry is co-author of the NAACP Image Award winning For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics (St. Martin’s Press, 2018).  In it, four of the most powerful African American women in politics share the story of their friendship and how it has changed politics in America.

Reverend Daughtry is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and serves on her chapter’s Spiritual Oversight and Connections Committees.  She also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Black Church PAC, Higher Heights for America, the National Council of Negro Women, and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference; and the Advisory Board of Global Women’s Forum.  She is an Equity Adviser for Sephora, Inc. and is a member of the Rules & Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee.

She is a native of Brooklyn, New York and a graduate of Dartmouth College and Wesley Theological Seminary.

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