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.

Videos/Audio of Melody Barnes

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
What’s best for the United States moving ahead when it comes to immigration, health care, jobs creation, education, and... See more
Following the announcement of her post as the head of the Aspen Institute's Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, Melody... See more
Welcome by:Justin Smith, The Atlantic, and Walter Isaacson, The Aspen InstituteA variety of 2011 Aspen Ideas speakers... See more
A conversation with Domestic Policy Advisor Melody Barnes. See more

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