Melody Barnes is a Co-Founder and Principal of MB2 Solutions LLC, a domestic strategy firm, and a Senior Fellow and Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics in the Miller Center at the University of Virginia; she is also a Distinguished Fellow in the School of Law.
From January 2009 until January 2012, Ms. Barnes was Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. She also served as the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, a progressive research institute and think tank, and as general counsel and then chief counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In addition to the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Ms. Barnes serves on the Board of Directors of Ventas, Inc.; Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation; and Year Up. She also chairs the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, serves as vice chair of the advisory board of the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University and is a member of the board of trustees of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation that operates Monticello.
Ms. Barnes received her bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her law degree from the University of Michigan.