Domestic Policy Adviser, White House
Political Director, Atlantic Media Company
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Melody Barnes is chief executive officer of Melody Barnes Solutions LLC and is vice provost for global student leadership initiatives and senior fellow and at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. Ms. Barnes also serves as senior director at the Albright Stonebridge Group, chair of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and sits on the Board of Directors of the Marguerite Casey Foundation. From January 2009 until January 2012, Ms. Barnes was assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Until July 2008, she was the executive vice president of policy at the Center for American Progress. From December 1995 until March 2003, Ms. Barnes worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee and served as his chief counsel from 1998 until she left the Committee in 2003. Prior to her work on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ms. Barnes was appointed as director of legislative affairs for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, served as principal at The Raben Group and began her career as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in New York City. Ms. Barnes received her Bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and law degree from the University of Michigan.
Ronald Brownstein, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, is Atlantic Media’s editorial director, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for both National Journal and The Atlantic, and coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media. Mr. Brownstein also writes for 2012 Decoded.
Prior to joining Atlantic Media, Brownstein was the national affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He has also served as the Times' national political correspondent and the author of the weekly Washington Outlook column. Brownstein is a National Journal alumnus, having served as the magazine's White House and national politics correspondent from 1983-1986, and then as its west coast correspondent through 1989. He appears regularly on national television, including NBC, ABC, CBS, and MSNBC, and served as a political analyst for CNN from 1998 through 2004. His sixth and most recent book, The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America, was published by Penguin in November 2007.
Melody Barnes, Director of Domestic Policy Council for the Obama Administration, believes that gridlock in Congress is blocking substantial immigration reform, and she defends Obama's use of strong executive power on the issue.
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