Melody Barnes is a Co-Founder and Principal of MB² Solutions LLC, a public affairs firm.
From January 2009 until January 2012, she was Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. As Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Barnes provided strategic advice to President Obama and worked closely with members of the Cabinet coordinating the domestic policy agenda across the Administration.
Until July 2008, Barnes was the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, a progressive research institute and think tank.
Barnes serves on the Boards of the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Year Up. Barnes also chairs the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund.
Barnes received her law degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with honors in History.