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Founded five years ago by young emerging leaders, IMPACT, a non-profit organization, understands the importance of providing young professionals with the skills, relationships and experiences necessary to be successfully professionally and philanthropically. As such, IMPACT provides a unique platform for young leaders to develop and enhance strategies to effect positive change.



political involvement | civic engagement | economic empowerment


About IMPACT 3 IMPACT Events 4 IMPACT CONNECTION 6 IMPACT Leadership 7 IMPACT in the News 11 Contact IMPACT 17



MPACT’s mission is to engage and build a network of young professionals of color through which we can foster civic engagement, increase knowledge of the political and legislative processes and enhance economic empowerment opportunities.

Whether these young professionals work in corporate America or on Capitol Hill, run a company or non-profit — IMPACT strategically links leaders with one another to help in identifying and accomplishing strategic goals. Founded five years ago by young emerging leaders, IMPACT, a non-profit organization, understands the importance of providing young professionals with the skills, relationships and experiences necessary to be successfully professionally and philanthropically. As such, IMPACT provides a unique platform for young leaders to develop and enhance strategies to effect positive change. IMPACT regularly produces forums, roundtable discussions, lecture series, workshops, and strategic networking events, in partnership with political and community leaders, businesses and other organizations. IMPACT recently received the WGRG Relations award for their work in advancing diversity, which includes the establishment of IMPACTConnection. is the only website dedicated to finding well qualified candidates of color for job opportunities on Capitol Hill, the Federal Government, the Fortune 1000 and venture capital opportunities for small business owners. By providing vital resources and connecting the leaders of today and tomorrow, IMPACT assists in their efforts to lead and create positive change


Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Emerging Leaders Series The Emerging Leaders Series (ELS) provides a unique experience for youth, college students, and young professionals seeking to enhance their careers and public engagement. Hosted during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference—the premier gathering of African American politicians and policy makers—the ELS provides emerging leaders with the information and resources needed to effectively engage in the policy making process. Since 2008, IMPACT has partnered with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to enhance the Annual Legislative Conference events for young professionals. Specifically, IPMACT has produced two signature ELS events: The Annual Town Hall and the Roundtable with Young Elected Officials, Policy Professionals and the Obama Administration.

IMPACT EVENTS Nations Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 IMPACT, in partnership with the National Bar Association (NBA), is hosting the Inaugural “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” during the 2010 National Bar Association Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Designed to recognize talented individuals (age 40 and under) within the African American legal community who have achieved prominence and distinction this event will also serve to strengthen the connection between young lawyers and the National Bar Association. This year’s cadre of exceptional young lawyers represents a cross-section of legal professionals including: solo practitioners, government lawyers, judges, academicians, corporate counsels, young elected officials, and others lawyers who are using their law degree and legal training in innovative ways.

Through this Emerging Leaders Series IMPACT facilitates the participation of young professionals in contributing to a national emerging leader’s agenda that will serve as the blueprint for change.

Preview “A Red Carpet Affair” IMPACT’s Signature Networking Reception IMPACT This exclusive reception celebrates the contributions that young professionals are making both professionally and philanthropically. PREVIEW provides guests with an intimate and elegant venue to interact with Members of the Congress and other notable, national leaders. Since its inception in 2006, PREVIEW has been a tremendous success. In 2009, PREVIEW was attended by hundreds of guests, principally community leaders and young professionals from all over the world. Guests have included candidates seeking public office, senior executives in the private sector, young professionals from the non-profit community, members of the Young Elected Officials Network and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Emerging Leaders program. Each month IMPACT highlights young leaders excelling professionally while simultaneously transforming communities. The “IMPACT Leader of the Year” is honored at Preview during the Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). At Preview new relationships are forged, friendships are strengthened and young professionals have opportunities to make meaningful connections that can assist them in effecting and sustaining positive change.


Interns of Color Reception IMPACT celebrates young professionals working in the politics and public affairs around the Nation’s Capitol—this is especially true for our interns who work for free in exchange for experience and opportunity. IMPACT’s quarterly reception serves as an opportunity for interns to learn about professional resources available to them while also providing them with an opportunity to network and enhance relationships.


Young Elected Officials Networking Reception This year, IMPACT hosted the first Young Elected Officials Network reception. The event, hosted during the Network’s 5th Annual convening, provided the 200 members with an opportunity to celebrate accomplishments while networking other young professionals working in policy and politics.

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IMPACT was founded and is directed by young professionals of color who have been successful in high-ranking roles in the public and private sector. The vision of IMPACT is currently carried out by Directors: Joe Briggs, Strategic Operations; Angela Rye, Strategic Partnerships; and David Johns, Development. The team also includes Kendra Briggs, General Counsel and Michiel Perry, Deputy Director of Student Engagement.


Joe D. Briggs, Esq.

Founder and Director of Strategic Operations Born and raised in Dundee, Florida, Joe Briggs, a scholarship athlete, earned three varsity letters while also serving as a committed student leader at Texas Christian University. After working in corporate America, Mr. Briggs transitioned into education serving as the Special Assistant to the President of Florida A&M University while simultaneously pursuing a master’s degree at the same institution as a State University System Fellow. Mr. Briggs obtained a juris doctorate at Florida State University College of Law in 2006. During his time in law school, Mr. Briggs was employed as a law clerk for Bryant Miller Olive. He was also selected as a United States Senate Legal Extern. Mr. Briggs also completed two years of national leadership on the National Black Law Students Association Executive Board while also serving as a Lieutenant Governor in the ABA Law Student Division, Vice President of the Student Bar Association and as a member of his law school trial team.

Joe Briggs, Esq.

David Johns

After the completion of his externship as a US Senate Legal Fellow, Mr. Briggs was hired by the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to manage their Financial Programs Department. Currently, he serves as the Public Policy Counsel of the NFLPA and first individual to lead the NFLPA Government Relations Department. Mr. Briggs is also a professor at Georgetown University and is a sought after public speaker on subjects ranging from politics to sports and everything in between. Contact Joe via email at

David Johns

Director of Development David J. Johns graduated with honors from Columbia University in 2004 with a triple major in English, Creative Writing and African American Studies. His research as a Mellon Fellow served as a catalyst to identify, disrupt, and supplant deleterious perceptions of black males both within academia and society. Following graduation, Johns obtained a Masters degree in Sociology and Education Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University graduating summa cum laude, while simultaneously teaching elementary school in New York. His Masters thesis, “Shadowboxing: Black Male Identity and Independent Schools,” examined how Black male adolescents at elite, self-selecting independent schools understand and respond to perceptions and expectations of Black males. Johns currently serves as a Senior Education Policy Advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions under the leadership of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). His policy portfolio includes issues affecting workforce development; low-income and minority students; immigrants and English language learners; neglected youth and foster children; early childhood education; Historically Black institutions, Hispanic Serving institutions, and Tribal Colleges. Johns was named one of Ebony Magazines “30 Top Leaders Under 30″ in 2007 and his essays “Re-Imagining Black Masculinity” and “If Not For Me…Then For My Children” have been published in the National Urban League’s 2007 and 2009 State of Black America Reports, respectively. An avid volunteer, Johns is a member of the Magic Johnson Taylor Michael’s Scholarship Program committee and is also on the board of Plan for Success, a nonprofit committed to diversity in the workplace. He is currently working on several projects to improve literacy among adolescent minority males, strengthen resources available to minority students at elite private schools, and a book project designed to help students navigate the college admissions and financial aid process. Mr. Johns is from Los Angeles, California and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. Contact David via email at


Angela Rye, Esq.

Angela Rye, Esq.

Founder and Director of Strategic Partnerships Angela Rye currently serves as Senior Advisor and Counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security under the leadership of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman. She is charged with developing the general political strategy for the Committee with a focus on assisting disenfranchised, small minority owned businesses. Ms. Rye began her career in legislative advocacy at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)—the umbrella association for the Nation’s 120 historically and predominately black colleges and universities. At NAFEO, she served as the Coordinator of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs. Prior to her work at NAFEO, Ms. Rye had the privilege of serving as a Legal Extern in Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ Los Angeles office. In this capacity, Ms. Rye learned about legislative procedure and organization, as well as developed favorable public policy for constituents, and assisted in the mobilization and organization of community members to make a difference locally. Angela Rye graduated from Seattle University School of Law and has served as the Western Region Director for the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) where she managed and supervised the Western Region Executive Board. Formerly the Legislative Affairs Chair of the Greater Washington Area Chapter (GWAC) for the Women’s Law Division of the NBA, Ms. Rye is committed to shoring up efforts to increase knowledge of the political processes for her colleagues and peers. Ms. Rye’s reputation for advocacy led to her appointment to the American Bar Association’s Government Affairs Committee, where she serves as the YLD Liaison. She is also Chair of the Legislative Committee for the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Angela Rye learned the importance of advocacy through her family’s political and community activism. Angela resides in Bowie, Maryland and is a member of Reid Temple AME Church. Contact Angela via email at


Michiel Perry

Deputy Director of Student Engagement Michiel Perry currently works at the Department of State, focusing on International Internet Privacy, Social Media and Cyber Security. Prior to her work at the Department of State, Ms. Perry interned at Google Inc., the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee and the Department of Transportation. Ms. Perry is a recent graduate of Howard University, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Economics.

Kendra Briggs, Esq.

Michiel Perry

Kendra Briggs, Esq. General Counsel

Kendra practices in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation Division in the D.C. office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP (SHB), where she assists clients in the defense of products liability lawsuits. Prior to joining SHB, Kendra worked as a civil litigator in Florida at Parks & Crump, LLC and the Florida Department of Transportation. Kendra graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002. In the summer of 2000, Kendra served as a law clerk for Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince. During law school, Kendra was the recipient of the Dean’s Honor Scholarship and served as vice president of the Black Law Students Association. She also served as vice president of the Society of Bar & Gavel, the highest honor afforded to students at the University of Miami School of Law. Kendra received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Civil Procedure, awarded to the student who receives the highest grade in the class, and also received honors in Litigation Skills I. Kendra was also a member of the Moot Court Board and the supervising dean’s fellow in the Writing Center.

In addition to her work at the Department of State, Michiel is actively engaged in telecommunications policy and advocacy. Through her efforts, Michiel hopes to increase diversity in media ownership and to politically empower and support small and minority owned telecommunications firms in the legislative and policy making process. Michiel mentors two students from her high school where she also sits on the Guidance Advisory Board. Her work on the board includes increasing HBCU recruitment efforts for high achieving students of color as well as participating in an annual forum on college preparation. Ms. Perry is honored to serve as Deputy Director of Student Engagement and in this role, she hopes to increase the participation of students of color in the policy making process. Contact Michiel at

She is a member of the Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the National Bar Association, the Florida State University Black Alumni Association (National Board of Directors) the International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, and the Alpha Epsilon Lambda Graduate Honor Society. Contact Kendra at


IMPACT IN THE NEWS BETnews CHANGING WASHINGTON: SHAKERS AND POLICYMAKERS “A new class of policy professionals and other change agents network at “Break Through”…….” BET covers Breakthrough: IMPACT, in conjunction with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, produced a reception to draw attention to the burgeoning cadre of young black professional’s influencing policy in the Nation’s Capital and throughout the world. BREAKTHROUGH facilitated dialogue about how the Beltway’s change agents can develop policy and support programs to help young people continue in this legacy.


IMPACT IN THE NEWS Essence spotlights IMPACT directors in an article celebrating Political Leaders on the Verge POLITICAL LEADERS ON THE VERGE -- IMPACT “The five directors behind IMPACT, a networking organization for young professionals of color—from Capitol Hill staffers to CEOs and nonprofit directors—understand the importance of making connections in Washington, D.C. But in addition to networking events, the group holds candidate forums, lecture series and roundtable discussions to help emerging leaders use their influence to achieve social change. “We’re about young professionals of color highlighting and supporting each other in their endeavors, wherever they might be….”


IMPACT IN THE NEWS CQ Politics CQ publishes an article celebrating IMPACT for their role in increasing the number of qualified minority staffers working on Capitol Hill CUTTING-EDGE JOB BANK FOR HILL MINORITIES “The five organizers of the nonprofit Impact hope its bells-andwhistles-laden new interactive job bank will become the premier clearinghouse for putting employers in touch with qualified minority candidates and flagging opportunities for job-seekers. “We want to ensure that members who want to hire people of color have access to qualified candidates,” said Angela Rye, a co-founder of Impact who is a senior policy adviser and counsel to the House Homeland Security Committee.”


IMPACT IN THE NEWS BETnews BET covers the launch of IMPACTConnection a website designed to facilitate meaningful exchanges between job-seekers and employers. CAPITAL CAMERA: IMPACT CONNECTION WEB LAUNCH “ takes you inside premier events around Washington, D.C. This edition features IMPACT. Founded by a few of D.C.’s young African-American power players, IMPACT helps connect young, successful minority professionals.”


IMPACT IN THE NEWS The Cotillion The Coalition covers IMPACT Inaugural Holiday Reception WASHINGTON PROFESSIONALS GATHER FOR IMPACT INAUGURAL HOLIDAY RECEPTION “IMPACT understands the importance of strategic connectivity and has designed the most effective strategic networking initiative for young leaders and professionals throughout the country. Earlier this month IMPACT supporters and members gathered at the St. Regis in Washington to celebrate the holidays and discuss IMPACT’s vision for 2010. IMPACT’s founding members believe that connecting young leaders in vital sectors throughout the country to one another and to resources that aid them in efforts to create positive change, they will collectively strengthen the IMPACT that our generation makes on the world today, tomorrow, and in the future. IMPACT partners with businesses, organizations, and high-powered leaders to host candidate forums, roundtable discussions, lecture series, workshops and strategic networking events to assist emerging leaders in creating change in their communities and throughout the world.


IMPACT IN THE NEWS Politico The Football Fixer “Joe was not only an asset to my Senate office but proved effective in navigating the complicated dynamics of the Hill,” Martinez told POLITICO. After six months in that job, he set up a non-profit foundation called IMPACT, which aimed to help educate young professionals about civic engagement, economic empowerment and political involvement, and which also helped nurture his relationships with lawmakers.”


CONTACT IMPACT Thank you for your interest in IMPACT. If you require any additional information please contact: IMPACT Communication Associate Stephanie L. Young 202.552.9137 IMPACT Communication Associate Krista Strum 410.271.5858

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2010 Media Kit for IMPACT

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