The Reverend Leah D. Daughtry is a nationally recognized teacher, preacher, speaker, organizer, leader, and Democratic strategist. In all of her endeavors, Ms. Daughtry seeks 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.
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 President and CEO of On These Things, LLC, which provides strategic planning, organizational management, issue advocacy, and event planning services to a variety of organizations and institutions.
Most recently, Daughtry was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics at the JFK School of Government. In this role, she led a weekly discussion/study group entitled, "Faith, Values, Politics," exploring the role of Faith and Values in the American political arena.
Prior to this appointment, 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. In 2005, she created Faith In Action, 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.
Reverend 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).
Pastor Daughtry is a member of the Boards of Directors of American Values Network, The National Council of Negro Women, The House of the Lord Churches, the Randolph Evans Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the William Seymour Educational Foundation. She has previously served on the Board of Visitors of The Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College, as well as the Board of Directors of the National AIDS Action Council and World of Money.org. Ms. 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.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Leah is the first-born child of the Reverend Doctors Herbert and Karen Daughtry, and the proud and doting aunt of three wonderful nephews: Lorenzo, Daniel, and Myles. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Wesley Theological Seminary.