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 in presidential studies at the 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 the 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 Holding Corporation, the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Year Up, and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

Videos/Audio of Melody Barnes

Join Melody Barnes, Steve Patrick and Monique Miles — the team that leads the Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions... See more
The Afternoon of Conversation is the Festival's signature event. An audience of more than 2,000 gathers in the Benedict... See more
With Deepak Bhargava and Melody Barnes See more
Based on the popularity of pitch sessions run by organizations such as Startup America Partnership, the Case Foundation... See more
Washington is in a state of gridlock. So where are the opportunities for bipartisan consensus and policy solutions? CBS... See more
What is the role of art in improving, enriching, and enhancing community, especially in places burdened with poverty?... See more

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