Angela Rye, founder of Impact Strategies, poses in Washington on Friday, March 1, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Who is Angela Rye?

Angela Rye currently serves as the Principal in charge of the DC-based IMPACT Strategies, an organization which encourages young professionals in economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement. Prior to her leadership role there, Rye was the Executive Director and General Counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus and she served as Senior Advisor and Counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security — all before reaching the age of 35.

Why is she on theGrio’s 100?

Rye has recently emerged from her behind the scenes roles to become a regular contributor on MSNBC where her compelling commentaries have turned her into a rising star. During the height of the George Zimmerman trial she delivered an impassioned message to her theoretical future son.  “Because of the vestiges of slavery, you may have to fight to protect how you are perceived as a black man: You are not a killer. You are not a thug. You are not barbaric. You are not ignorant. You are not violent. And when the world tells you otherwise, I will remind you that: You are a marvelous black man. You can be anything you want to be,” she said. She also established herself as an advocate for affirmative action and other progressive causes.

What’s next for Angela?

According to her personal website, “Rye is committed to shoring up efforts to increase knowledge of the political processes for her colleagues and peers.” She was recently appointed as Chair of the National Bar Association’s Legislative Committee and she continues to be a fierce advocate for social justice and reform on MSNBC. She will also continue put an emphasis on young people. “I think [voices of African-American youth] are important, but they’re also very silent,” Rye said last year.