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
- July 22, 2010 at 5:30 PM EST
Melody Barnes, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, discusses the announcement of the inaugural Social Innovation Fund as well as other innovations taking place in the government.
- July 21, 2010 at 3:31 PM EST
Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, discusses new grants under the Affordable Care Act that will help new and expecting parents by providing in-home visits by professionals who can teach them the important skills every new parent should know.
- June 30, 2010 at 4:51 PM EST
Director of the Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes frames the President’s and First Lady's vision and commitment to service as the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service comes to a close.
- June 23, 2010 at 4:53 PM EST
Lead Cabinet Secretaries from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) joined USICH Director Barbara Poppe to unveil and submit "Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness" to the President and Congress.
- May 27, 2010 at 10:52 AM EST
Melody Barnes, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, discusses an event at the White House highlighting the benefits of the Social Innovation Fund that brought together philanthropists, community foundation heads and administration officials who signaled their support for investments in community solutions.
- May 13, 2010 at 6:16 PM EST
President Obama sends a letter to Congressional leaders encouraging them to enact legistlation to save hundreds of thousands of teacher
- May 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM EST
Melody Barnes, Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, discusses the release of the Childhood Obesity Task Force action plan to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. Watch a press conference with the First Lady to talk about the report at 10:30AM EDT today,
- May 4, 2010 at 10:05 AM EST
Melody Barnes and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announce the winner of the 2010 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge.
- April 27, 2010 at 6:38 PM EST
Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, recaps her participation in the Access to Capital panel, representing the importance of capital considerations for both business and social entrepreneurship.
- April 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM EST
Melody Barnes, Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, discusses the one year anniversary of the President signing the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and announces the launch of the new website for the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.