|Director of the Domestic Policy Council|
January 20, 2009 – January 2, 2012
|Preceded by||Karl Zinsmeister|
|Succeeded by||Cecilia Muñoz|
April 29, 1964 |
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Melody C. Barnes (b. April 29, 1964, Richmond, Virginia) was chosen by President Barack Obama to serve as the Director of the Domestic Policy Council for his administration. Obama announced her appointment on November 24, 2008. She was previously Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress and led the CAP's Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative. She left the CAP in June 2008 to work on the Obama campaign. She also served on the advisory board for the Obama presidential transition team,.
Barnes began her career as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Constitution Project. She received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with honors in History in 1986. As an undergraduate, she was a Brother of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity and a Sister of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
She previously served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and as assistant counsel to the United States House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, where she worked with Congress to pass the Voting Rights Improvement Act of 1992. She was a board member of EMILY's List. In November of 2011 Barnes announced her resignation from the post of domestic policy adviser. She now is chair of the Aspen Institute's Forum for Community Solutions.
Her mother is a teacher with a Master's degree in Education and her father is a retired member of the United States Army.
Barnes married Marland Buckner Jr. on June 13, 2009 in Washington, DC.
- http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/25/us/politics/25web-barnes.html Retrieved on 2009-2-25.
- "Geithner, Summers among key economic team members announced today". Retrieved 2008-11-24.
- Barnes, Melody (January 22, 2007). "What a Progressive President Might Say". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-11-07.
- "Obama Names Transition Team". Retrieved 2008-11-06.
- "Melody Barnes". Retrieved 2008-11-27.
- Melody Barnes leaving White House, November 24, 2011
- NYT wedding announcement
- Personality Spotlight: Melody Barnes. United Press International, November 24, 2008
- Milk, Leslie. "Ten Well Dressed Women: Melody Barnes", Washingtonian, October 1, 2007.
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- Works by or about Melody Barnes in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Wedding announcement, The New York Times, June 20, 2009
- Gallery of pictures from wedding to Marland Buckner, Washington Post