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 and vice provost for global student leadership initiatives at NYU, where she’s a senior fellow at Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. She also chairs the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund. From 2009 until 2012, Barnes was assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. She previously served on Obama’s transition team and first presidential campaign, worked at Center for American Progress, and was chief counsel to former senator Edward Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barnes serves on boards at Ventas, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Marguerite Casey Foundation.

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