Reverend Leah D. Daughtry
The Reverend Leah D. Daughtry is Pastor of The House of the Lord Church in Washington, DC. With her ordination in 2002, she joined her sister, Dawnique, in the fifth consecutive generation of pastors in the Daughtry family. She is a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics. Most recently, Daughtry served as Chief Executive Officer of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee, responsible for all aspects of planning and execution of the Democratic Party’s quadrennial presidential nominating convention. She simultaneously served as Chief of Staff of the Democratic National Committee (“DNC”), the governing body of the national Democratic Party, where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of the national Party’s affairs, ensuring that the Party is best positioned to help Democrats win elections. Since 2005, Daughtry has also led the DNC’s outreach to communities of Faith, and was named by Religion News Service as one of the 12 most influential Democrats in the nation on faith and values politics and issues. Daughtry has previously held various senior posts at the United States Department of Labor during the Clinton Administration, including Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Chief of Staff, and lastly, Acting Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, with oversight for the development of the Department’s management programs and policies, including responsibility for the Department's $35 billion budget. Daughtry also served on the Clinton-Gore 1992 Transition Team, as Managing Director of the 1992 Democratic National Convention, and as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY). Daughtry is a member of the Board of Visitors of The Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College, as well as the Boards of Directors of The House of the Lord Churches, the Randolph Evans Memorial Scholarship Fund, and World of Money.org. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the National AIDS Action Council. Daughtry has also served as Executive Director of MAN-To-man/Sister-to-Sister, a not-for-profit human service agency dedicated to enriching and enhancing the lives of families in Brooklyn, New York, during which she created a specialized mentoring program for girls with HIV-infected mothers. In all of her endeavors, Daughtry has brought sound, principled business and management practices to organizations that seek to enhance and improve the lives of the people with and for whom they work.