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Former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; Chair of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions & Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund

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 Melody Barnes Biography

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 the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.

Melody Barnes served as assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) from January 2009 until January 2012. In that capacity, she provided strategic advice to President Obama and worked closely with members of the Cabinet coordinating the domestic policy agenda across the administration.

Under Barnes’ leadership, innovative new policies, practices and partnerships were initiated to address significant national challenges. Barnes was instrumental in crafting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, including the ground breaking education reform initiative, Race to the Top. She worked closely with Education Secretary Arne Duncan to create new partnerships with the private sector that deploy math and science resources and expertise to school districts around the country. Barnes also helped secure the most significant reform of higher education in forty years while serving as one of President Obama’s chief negotiators of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act.

Prior to her work in the White House, Barnes served on the leadership team for the Obama-Biden Transition Project where she co-directed the Agency Review Working Group. In addition, Barnes served as Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to the Obama for America campaign. During the campaign, she helped coordinate policy development and served as a surrogate across the country, as well as on television and radio. Barnes’ media appearances include The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Charlie Rose, Morning Joe, Andrea Mitchell Reports, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, CNN Newsroom, The Today Show, Good Morning America, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Fox News, The Diane Rehm Show, All Things Considered and Tell Me More with Michele Martin.

Until July 2008, Barnes was the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, a progressive research institute and think tank. From December 1995 until March 2003, Barnes worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee; she served as his chief counsel from 1998 until she left the Committee in 2003. Barnes’ experience also includes an appointment as Director of Legislative Affairs for the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Barnes began her career as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in New York City.

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.

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  • Affordable Care Act: The Future of Health Care for Providers and Patients

  • Reforming Americas Education System

  • The Debt Crisis: The Tough Choices Ahead for America

  • U.S. Domestic Policy in a Global Economy

  • Today's Political Issues - Causes and Solutions

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Melody Barnes

Former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; Chair of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions & Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund

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Melody Barnes Biography

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 the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.

Melody Barnes served as assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) from January 2009 until January 2012. In that capacity, she provided strategic advice to President Obama and worked closely with members of the Cabinet coordinating the domestic policy agenda across the administration.

Under Barnes’ leadership, innovative new policies, practices and partnerships were initiated to address significant national challenges. Barnes was instrumental in crafting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, including the ground breaking education reform initiative, Race to the Top. She worked closely with Education Secretary Arne Duncan to create new partnerships with the private sector that deploy math and science resources and expertise to school districts around the country. Barnes also helped secure the most significant reform of higher education in forty years while serving as one of President Obama’s chief negotiators of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act.

Prior to her work in the White House, Barnes served on the leadership team for the Obama-Biden Transition Project where she co-directed the Agency Review Working Group. In addition, Barnes served as Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to the Obama for America campaign. During the campaign, she helped coordinate policy development and served as a surrogate across the country, as well as on television and radio. Barnes’ media appearances include The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Charlie Rose, Morning Joe, Andrea Mitchell Reports, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, CNN Newsroom, The Today Show, Good Morning America, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Fox News, The Diane Rehm Show, All Things Considered and Tell Me More with Michele Martin.

Until July 2008, Barnes was the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, a progressive research institute and think tank. From December 1995 until March 2003, Barnes worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee; she served as his chief counsel from 1998 until she left the Committee in 2003. Barnes’ experience also includes an appointment as Director of Legislative Affairs for the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Barnes began her career as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in New York City.

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.

Melody Barnes Videos

  • Jepson Leadership Forum presents Melody Barnes
    The Jepson Leadership Forum presents Melody Barnes, former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, principal and co-founder ...
  • Melody Barnes introduces the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions
    Find our more about the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions: www.aspeninstitute.org
  • Melody Barnes: America Must Fall in Love with Leadership

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Melody Barnes Speaking Topics

  • Affordable Care Act: The Future of Health Care for Providers and Patients

  • Reforming Americas Education System

  • The Debt Crisis: The Tough Choices Ahead for America

  • U.S. Domestic Policy in a Global Economy

  • Today's Political Issues - Causes and Solutions

FAQs on booking Melody Barnes

  • How to book Melody Barnes?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Melody Barnes for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Melody Barnes, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Melody Barnes or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Melody Barnes?

    Booking fees for Melody Barnes, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Melody Barnes, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Melody Barnes?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Melody Barnes for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Melody Barnes for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Melody Barnes or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Melody Barnes or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Melody Barnes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Melody Barnes for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Melody Barnes generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are James Fallows, David Brooks, Mickey Edwards, Corby Kummer and Kai Ryssdal. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Melody Barnes for an upcoming event.

Melody Barnes Speaker Videos

  • Jepson Leadership Forum presents Melody Barnes
    The Jepson Leadership Forum presents Melody Barnes, former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, principal and co-founder ...
    Melody Barnes introduces the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions
    Find our more about the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions: www.aspeninstitute.org
  • Melody Barnes: America Must Fall in Love with Leadership
    Perspective from the White House: An Interview with Melody Barnes
  • Melody Barnes explains why and how the Obama administration ...
    Melody Barnes @ The Canada We Want in 2020: Confronting the ...

Melody Barnes Speaking Topics

  • Affordable Care Act: The Future of Health Care for Providers and Patients

  • Reforming Americas Education System

  • The Debt Crisis: The Tough Choices Ahead for America

  • U.S. Domestic Policy in a Global Economy

  • Today's Political Issues - Causes and Solutions

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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