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 multi-faceted leader with a gift for solving highly complex problems with remarkable speed and precision, Leah has a proven capacity to manage multi-billion dollar budgets, and develop internal and external communication strategies. These abilities make her an in-demand consultant with invaluable expertise to organizations seeking exponential growth. She 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,
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.
Daughtry is the co-author, along with Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, and Minyon Moore, 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 serves as an Equity Advisor for Sephora, Inc., and on the Editorial Board of the Global Women’s Forum. She is Founder and Co-Convenor of Power Rising, which supports Black women in leveraging their economic, social, and political power. She sits on the Boards of Directors of the National Council of Negro Women, Higher Heights for America, and the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, and she is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Black Church PAC and Co-Chair of the Connections Committee of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Psi Zeta Omega Chapter).
A graduate of Dartmouth College and Wesley Theological Seminary, Daughtry is a native of Brooklyn, New York.