Join Higher Heights and VoteRunLead on exploring the history and the future of Black women's leadership in American politics. We will review the new report from Higher Heights and the Center for American Women in Politics ,"The Chisholm Effect: The Status of Black Women In American Politics", then we will hear from three barrier-breaking women about their experience, the road to power, and what we can do to support more Black women running for office. We will be joined by Leah Webb, former City Councilor; CO State Rep. Leslie Herod; and NC Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisor, Danielle Adams. #BlackWomenLead #RunAsYouAre
In Partnership with: Vote Run Lead
Local Progress Southern Regional Coordinator, Center for Popular Democracy
Danielle Adams comes to CPD from the Institute for Southern Studies, a public interest media, research and education center aimed at drawing attention to the national importance of the South. She is also a current local elected official serving on the Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors in Durham, North Carolina. She received the Outstanding District Supervisor of the Year award from the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in 2012 and in 2014 was selected as a fellow to the Young Climate Leaders Network.Currently she serves as an ambassador to Oxfam America’s Sisters on the Planet program, and is a member of the Young Elected Officials Network. She received her BA in political science with a minor in music from North Carolina Central University and studied Environmental Politics and Policy Analysis at Appalachian State University.
Representative Leslie Herod represents House District 8 in Northeast Denver, in State House of Representatives. Capturing over 38,000 votes in 2016, Representative Herod received the highest number of votes for any state house candidate running in a contested race. Representative Herod is the first African American LGBT candidate elected to the State Legislature. Representative Herod’s extensive experience in social services, criminal justice, mental health, and anti-poverty issues has led her to be at the forefront of setting progressive policy and passing many pieces of legislation in her freshman year to the Governor’s desk. She currently serves on the House committees of Judiciary, Finance and Legal Services. In her first term, she has focused her legislative efforts on access to reproductive health care, homeless youth, criminal justice reform, immigration rights and supporting Colorado entrepreneurs.Representative Herod has served on multiple community boards and commissions, including serving as gubernatorial appointee to the state's Judicial Performance Commission and as a mayoral appointee to Denver's Cultural Affairs Commission. Additionally, Representative Herod has served on the Board of Directors for Urban Peak, Colorado's leading homeless youth service agency. She is also a co-founder of New Era Colorado, the state's leading organization focused on the engagement of young people in our community and served as President of Colorado Black Women for Political Action. The Colorado Democratic Party honored Representative Herod with the 2017 “Rising Star” award, and this month, she was honored with a 2017 “Power Award” by Out Front Colorado – she is featured on the cover of their November Power Issue. In October, Representative Herod was featured in Marie Claire magazine’s Power Issue.
Lea is an award-winning activist who has successfully bridged the gap between the community and
government agencies to bring about positive and lasting change in her community. Her greatest
achievement includes being elected as the first-- and youngest-- African-American representative in
the Binghamton City Council. She has 20 years of experience as a Community Organizer leading
efforts on various social justice issues; quality education, health care, and addressing food deserts.
She has also served on community boards and created task forces whose goals are to address
cultural competency and anti-racism. She has passed legislation supporting equal pay for women,
the creation of a city based human rights commission, establishing a city wide climate action plan,
and other equity based legislation.
She is the Coordinator of the UDiversity Educational Institute at Binghamton University. This
Institute develops and provides diversity and inclusion trainings and programs for faculty, staff, and
students at Binghamton University. Through her consulting firm, Webb Consulting, she is working
with non-profits, education institutions, and businesses in creating culturally responsive
organizations. She was recognized as one of tomorrow's leaders by Oprah magazine and the White
House Project, and was honored with the President’s Award by the Broome-Tioga Branch of the
NAACP for her significant contributions to her community.
She’s also the President of the Broome County Urban League Young Professionals, Alumni and
Trainer with Vote Run Lead and the Young Elected Officials Network, where she serves as a member
of the Steering Committee for the Black Caucus.