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Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes

Keynote Speaker: Executive Director Karsh Institute of Democracy at UVA, Professor at the Miller Center & Former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council

Melody Barnes Biography

Melody Barnes is executive director of the UVA Karsh Institute of Democracy and W.L. Lyons Brown Family Director for Policy and Public Engagement at the Democracy Initiative, an interdisciplinary teaching, research, and engagement effort led by the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. She is the J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance at the Miller Center and is also a distinguished fellow at the UVA School of Law. A co-founder of the domestic strategy firm MB2 Solutions LLC, Barnes has spent more than 25 years crafting public policy on a wide range of domestic issues.

During the administration of President Barack Obama, Barnes was assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. She was also executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress and chief counsel to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her experience includes an appointment as director of legislative affairs for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and assistant counsel to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights. Barnes began her career as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in New York City.

Barnes earned her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with honors in history, and her JD from the University of Michigan. She serves on the boards of directors of several corporate, non-profit, and philanthropic organizations.

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Melody Barnes Speaking Topics

Immigration: Reform Focused on 21st Century Economic and Security Needs

Today's Political Issues - Causes and Solutions

U.S. Domestic Policy in a Global Economy

The Debt Crisis: The Tough Choices Ahead for America

Reforming Americas Education System

Melody Barnes Videos

Melody Barnes Addresses UVA's Class of 2020
The Education of the American Mind | Melody Barnes | 2020
Domestic Policy Experts on COVID Recovery

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What topics does Melody Barnes speak about?

Melody Barnes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Innovation, Women, Human Resources, World Affairs, Economy, Diversity & Inclusion, Overcoming Adversity, Inspirational, Influential Women, Creativity, Publishing, Government, Education, Public Health, Virtual, Leadership, Political, Obesity, Health, Family & Parenting, Nutrition, Generational Issues and Democratic Party.

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Melody Barnes generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Melody Barnes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Innovation, Women and Human Resources. The estimated speaking fee range to book Melody Barnes for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Melody Barnes generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Anne Mosle, Jonah Edelman and Seth Berkley. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Melody Barnes for an upcoming event.

Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 18/10/2023.

Melody Barnes Speaking Topics

  • Immigration: Reform Focused on 21st Century Economic and Security Needs

  • Today's Political Issues - Causes and Solutions

  • U.S. Domestic Policy in a Global Economy

  • The Debt Crisis: The Tough Choices Ahead for America

  • Reforming Americas Education System

Melody Barnes Videos

Melody Barnes Addresses UVA's Class of 2020
The Education of the American Mind | Melody Barnes | 2020
Domestic Policy Experts on COVID Recovery
Jepson Leadership Forum presents Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes News

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