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
- December 14, 2011 at 12:15 PM EDT
The White House Celebrates the first-ever winner and finalists of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
- September 16, 2011 at 5:43 PM EDT
From convening support groups and prayer services to providing child care, teaching job skills, and putting Americans back to work, nonprofit and faith-based groups are supporting working families across the country. Learn how the American Jobs Act will support the important work they do.
- July 18, 2011 at 6:21 PM EDT
Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, reflects on the Champions of Change roundtable with Rural Americans, which includes farmers, ranchers, local educators, and small business owners improving their communities through innovative actions.
- July 11, 2011 at 12:28 PM EDT
Melody Barnes, the President's Domestic Policy Adviser and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, launches an initiative that strengthens partnerships between local governments, neighborhood schools, community colleges, and local businesses to help revitalize the American economy.
- June 30, 2011 at 3:20 PM EDT
Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, emphasizes the new College Transparency and Affordability Center as the one of the first steps in helping students better understand their path in postsecondary education.
- June 22, 2011 at 10:01 AM EDT
President Obama is committed to strengthening the U.S. economy and creating jobs for American workers. To advance those goals the White House is hosting a convening on the Impact Economy.
- May 15, 2011 at 5:03 PM EDT
El Presidente anuncia un plan para un sistema de inmigración para el siglo XXI.
- May 12, 2011 at 9:34 AM EDT
Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes discusses a report which details the powerful role that arts education strategies can play in closing the achievement gap, improving student engagement, and building creativity and nurturing innovative thinking skills.
- May 10, 2011 at 3:15 PM EDT
President Obama travels to El Paso, Texas to discuss his commitment to fixing our broken immigration system and the importance of building a new one for the 21st century.
- April 21, 2011 at 8:00 AM EDT
This year, one lucky high school will have an unforgettable commencement speaker – President Obama – and we need your help to determine which school it will be.