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Melody Barnes joined Booz Allen’s board in 2015. She is currently a senior fellow and Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics in the Miller Center at the University of Virginia and a distinguished fellow in the School of Law. She formerly served President Barack Obama as an assistant to the president and as the director of the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House. She is also co-founder and principal of MBSquared Solutions LLC, a domestic policy strategy firm, chair of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and a director at Ventas Inc., a real estate investment trust.
Before serving in the White House, Melody was the senior domestic policy advisor to President Barack Obama’s campaign. From 2005 to 2008, Melody was the executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress, where she had previously been a senior fellow from 2003 to 2005. She also served as chief counsel to U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1998 to 2003, and as his general counsel from 1995 to 1998.
Melody received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her J.D. from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.