Melody Barnes

Co-Founder and Principal, MB2 Solutions; Former Domestic Policy Advisor, Obama White House; Chair, Forum for Community Solutions, The Aspen Institute

Melody Barnes is co-founder and principal of MB2 Solutions, a domestic strategy firm, and a senior fellow and Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics at University of Virginia’s Miller Center. She was assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council from 2009 until 2012. Previously, she was executive vice president for policy at Center for American Progress and chief counsel for then-senator Edward Kennedy. Barnes chairs the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund and serves on the boards of Ventas, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Year Up, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

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Charlottesville, the iconic home of Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and the University of Virginia, is now also... See more
The data on social mobility and opportunity in the United States can be discouraging, especially for communities of... See more
Attracting, developing, and retaining talent has been a hallmark of American economic strength for decades. However, in... See more
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