Melody C. Barnes
MELODY C. BARNES joined the Ventas Board of Directors in 2014. Ms. Barnes is the Co-Founder and Principal of MB Squared Solutions LLC, a domestic policy strategy firm, and Chair of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. Ms. Barnes currently serves as a director of Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. (NYSE: BAH). She also serves as Senior Fellow and Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics at the Miller Center of the University of Virginia, a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Virginia School of Law, and Vice Chair of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. From 2012 to 2016, she served as Vice Provost, Global Student Leadership Initiatives and a Senior Fellow at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. From January 2009 to January 2012, Ms. Barnes served in the White House as Director of the Domestic Policy Council. In this role, she provided policy and strategic advice to President Obama and coordinated the domestic policy-making process for his administration. Before joining the White House, she served as the Senior Domestic Policy Advisor for then-Senator Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Ms. Barnes was the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress from 2005 to 2008 and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress from 2003 to 2005, and prior to that she was a principal in the Raben Group LLC. She also served as Chief Counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1998 to 2003 and General Counsel for Senator Kennedy from 1995 to 1998.