Melody Barnes


Melody C. Barnes

Independent Director
Director since 2014
Nominating, Governance and Corporate Responsibility (Chair)

Key Experience and Qualifications

Ms. Barnes brings to our Board extensive experience as a governance and public policy expert. In her multiple roles at the University of Virginia and as co-founder and principal of MB2 Solutions, Ms. Barnes is a thought leader on domestic policy, governance, risk management, leadership and strategy. As the Director of President Barack Obama’s Domestic Policy Counsel, she provided policy and strategic advice to the President and coordinated the domestic policy-making process in the White House, including with respect to emerging societal risks and healthcare matters such as the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act.

Professional Experience

  • The University of Virginia
    • Executive Director, Karsh Institute of Democracy (since 2021); W.L. Lyons Brown Family Director for Public Policy and Public Engagement, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Democracy Initiative (since 2018); J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance, Miller Center of Public Affairs (since 2021); and Distinguished Fellow, The University of Virginia School of Law (since 2018)
  • Co-Founder and Principal, MB2 Solutions, LLC, a public policy and domestic strategy firm (since 2014)
  • Director, White House Domestic Policy Council (2009-2012), providing policy and strategic advice to then-President Obama and coordinating the domestic policy-making process for his administration
  • Senior Domestic Policy Advisor, Senator Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign (2008)
  • Center for American Progress, an independent nonpartisan policy institute
    • Executive Vice President for Policy (2005-2008)
    • Senior Fellow (2003-2005)
  • Senator Edward M. Kennedy
    • Chief Counsel to the Senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee (1998-2003)
    • General Counsel (1995-1998)

Private Boards and Community Service

  • Chair, Aspen Institute for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Forum
  • Member of the Board of Directors, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Other Current Public Company Directorships

  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. (NYSE: BAH) (since 2015)


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