The Reverend Leah D. Daughtry is a nationally recognized teacher, preacher, speaker, organizer, leader, and political strategist. Throughout her career, she has sought to bring sound, principled leadership, business, and management practices to organizations that seek to enhance and improve the lives of the people with and for whom they work.
She is Chief Executive Officer of the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee, reprising the role she served in 2008 and making her the first person in Democratic Party history to hold the position twice. In this capacity, Daughtry is responsible for all aspects of the planning and execution of the Democratic Party’s quadrennial presidential nominating convention.
Ms. Daughtry is President and CEO of On These Things, LLC, which provides strategic planning, event management, community engagement, and organizational development consulting services to a broad array of businesses and organizations. Daughtry’s rare ability to manage people, processes, and policies equally well is clearly demonstrated through her proven capacity to manage multi-billion dollar budgets, lead complex human resource portfolios, develop internal and external communications strategies, and assist clients in managing transitions and organizational change.
Daughtry recently launched BCT Consulting Group, LLC., which brings together best-in-the-business talent to create, manage, and produce high-profile, mission critical events, such as the Closing Ceremonies of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
She has previously served as Chief of Staff of the Democratic National Committee (“DNC”), where she created Faith In Action, the Democratic Party’s outreach to communities of Faith. As a result of this work, she was named by Religion News Service as one of the 12 most influential Democrats in the nation on faith and values politics. Daughtry has also served as Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, where she focused on the role Faith and values have come to play in American politics.
With her ordination in 2002, Leah joined the fifth consecutive generation of pastors in the Daughtry family. She is Pastor of The House of the Lord Church in Washington, DC, and in 2012, she was ordained as an Elder and presently serves as Jurisdictional Elder of the organization’s Southeast Region.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Reverend Daughtry has held various senior posts at the United States Department of Labor and the United States Congress. Among her various social, political, faith-based, and public service initiatives, she serves as an At-Large Member of the Democratic National Committee and a member of its Rules & Bylaws Committee, and on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). Leah is the first-born child of the Reverend Doctors Herbert and Karen Daughtry, and the doting aunt of three wonderful nephews. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Wesley Theological Seminary.