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
- January 28, 2011 at 5:06 PM EST
En su Discurso sobre el Estado de la Nación, el Presidente Obama presentó su visión para que nuestro país gane el futuro. Un aspecto de alcanzar esta importante meta implica arreglar el sistema quebrado de inmigración de nuestro país.
- January 27, 2011 at 3:00 PM EST
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 6:57 PM EST
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.
- December 3, 2010 at 3:07 PM EST
Melody Barns, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, talks about some of the work the Obama Administration is doing to address pay discrimination.
- November 12, 2010 at 11:21 AM EST
Hear from Melody Barnes Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and former Tar Heel graduate discuss the women that inspire her and her time at the North Carolina Governor's Conference for Women.
- November 1, 2010 at 10:41 AM EST
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.
- October 21, 2010 at 11:21 AM EST
The Obama Administration announces a combined $742 million in grants and assistance to support the creation of more livable and sustainable communities across the country.
- September 29, 2010 at 9:37 AM EST
Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, discusses the Obama Administration's commitment to strengthening our nation’s response to Alzheimer's disease.
- September 21, 2010 at 2:39 PM EST
A look at Promise Neighborhoods, a piece of a broader White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative that focuses and coordinates federal resources in order to build communities that promote cradle to career success.
- August 10, 2010 at 5:54 PM EST
Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, discusses the importance of the state assistance and teacher jobs legislation to our economy and our children's education.