Mary Matalin and Donna Brazile
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Mary Matalin and Donna Brazile

Legendary Conservative and Democratic Political Strategists and Best Friends

The first two female professional political operatives to manage presidential campaigns, Mary Matalin and Donna Brazile bring a wealth of political experience on opposite sides of the political aisle at every level of government. Today, with their 30-year close friendship as a backdrop, they share with audiences an entertaining, candid and sharp analysis of Washington politics and the gut issues that surround the 2016 race for the White House.

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A Conversation with Mary Matalin and Donna Brazile

Together, two of the most celebrated women in politics, Mary Matalin, former Republican presidential advisor, and Donna Brazile, veteran Democratic political strategist, draw on over 50 years combined in politics and a 30-year close friendship to share with audiences an entertaining, candid and sharp analysis of Washington politics and the gut issues that surround the 2016 race for the White House.

Meet Mary Matalin and Donna Brazile

The first two female professional political operatives to manage presidential campaigns, Mary Matalin and Donna Brazile bring a wealth of political experience on opposite sides of the political aisle at every level of government. Today, with their 30-year close friendship as a backdrop, they share with audiences an entertaining, candid and sharp analysis of Washington politics and the gut issues that surround the 2016 race for the White House.

Mary Matalin came from the Midwest to Washington in 1980 as part of the Reagan Revolution and quickly became an integral part of the emergent GOP, holding senior positions with the Republican National Committe and in the Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush presidential campaigns, responsible for the organization and operations in all 50 states. She also served as George H.W. Bush’s Air Force One on-board planner. In her political roles, she emerged as the vocal, and occasionally controversial, defender of her party, presidents and policies. Following the 2000 Bush/Cheney victory, she was appointed assistant to the President and counselor to the Vice President, one of only a handful of White House officials to hold that double title, giving her a ringside seat to post-9/11 policies, politics and history.

Donna Brazile first got involved in politics at the age of nine when she worked to elect a city council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood. The candidate won, the swing set was installed and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. Brazile worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she became the first African-American to manage a presidential campaign. Today, she serves as the interim chairwoman for the Democratic National Committee and is the founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy and training firm. She has a passion for encouraging young people to vote, work within the political system to strengthen it and run for public office.

In addition to their professional political work, both Matalin and Brazile authored best-selling books, appeared together on multiple television, radio and speaking engagements, and have been profiled in O, The Oprah Magazine and numerous other national publications. Matalin and Brazile have shared a unique and close friendship forged of their passion for politics and mutual devotion to each other’s family, faith and football team. They served together in the post-Katrina New Orleans recovery efforts, as well as ongoing coastal restoration and cultural preservation efforts in Louisiana. Additionally, they both sit on the NOLA Tricentennial Commission, preparing New Orleans’ 300th international anniversary celebrations.

For over three decades, Matalin and Brazile have maintained an intense philosophical commitment to their respective politics, along with a deep, mutual admiration and respect for each other on both the personal and professional levels. Together, the pair provides insightful, inspiring and informative commentary, as well as a welcome reprieve to the often-overwrought modern political landscape.

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