Melody Barnes serves as the chair of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Forum. She is co-founder and principal of MB2 Solutions, a domestic strategy firm, and a senior fellow and Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.
Melody was assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council from 2009 until 2012. Previously, she was the executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress and chief counsel to then-senator Edward M. Kennedy. Currently, Melody serves on the boards of Ventas, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Year Up, the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.
Melody began her career as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in New York City after receiving her law degree from the University of Michigan and her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with honors in history.