Melody Barnes is the Former President’s Domestic Policy Adviser and the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House. Before joining the White House, Barnes served as the Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to President Obama’s campaign.
Prior to joining the campaign, she was the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress. From 1995 to 2003, she served as Chief Counsel to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee. In those capacities, and as Director of Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and assistant counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights, she worked extensively on civil rights and voting rights, women’s health, religious liberties, and commercial law.
Barnes received her bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her law degree from the University of Michigan. She began her career as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in New York City, and is a member of both the New York State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association."
Melody Barnes's Posts
- April 12, 2011 at 10:07 AM EDT
Melody Barnes, Domestic Policy Adviser and the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, discusses the impacts of unequal pay for women, and President Obama's actions to get equal pay for women under the Paycheck Fairness Act.
- April 8, 2011 at 1:32 PM EDT
Today, the White House announced the six finalists for the 2011 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge. White House staffers Lauren Paige and Gannet Tseggai called each of the six finalists to share the good news. Take a look at some of their enthusiastic responses.
- April 1, 2011 at 10:21 AM EDT
Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, writes about how the President's Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future will help families with their energy costs.
- March 22, 2011 at 6:14 PM EDT
As a part of the Advise the Advisor program, Melody Barnes asked for input from parents, teachers, and students on education. Several thousand people responded to her video and shared their thoughts, concerns and idea. In this post, Melody addresses these comments.
- February 16, 2011 at 10:39 AM EDT
The Race to the Top Commencement Challenge is back and we’re asking public high school students from across the country to tell us about ways their school is preparing them for college and a career. The deadline for applications is March 11, 2011.
- February 4, 2011 at 1:57 PM EDT
The White House Council for Community Solutions will work to develop solutions for improving youth development, education, and employment.
- February 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM EDT
President Obama kicks off the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge! Watch the video and find out how your school can apply.
- January 27, 2011 at 4:00 PM EDT
Winning the future will require a new approach to immigration policy. Melody Barnes spells out how the President plans to enforce our laws and improve our prosperity through comprehensive immigration reform.
- January 5, 2011 at 7:57 PM EDT
The National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA), bipartisan legislation that will help individuals and families across the country whose lives are touched by Alzheimer’s disease, represents the next step in our strong, continued commitment to supporting Alzheimer’s research and health and long-term care services for affected individuals.
- November 1, 2010 at 11:41 AM EDT
Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, looks back at the Administration's visits to state fairs across the country, including an interactive map.
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