At a Glance
- Career History:
Co-chair of the Agency Review, Obama-Biden Transition Team (Nov. 2008 to Jan. 2009); Senior domestic policy adviser,
's Presidential campaign (2008); Executive Vice President for policy, Center for American Progress (2004 to 2008)
- Birthday: April 29, 1964
- Hometown: Richmond, Va.
- Alma Mater: University of North Carolina, B.A., 1986; University of Michigan, J.D. 1989
- Spouse: Marland Buckner Jr.
Path to Power
Barnes was born in Richmond, Va., in 1964.
She received her B.A. in history from the University of North Carolina in 1986, then moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., for law school. She graduated with her J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1989.
Barnes has said her first priority would be addressing the economic crisis with an $787 billion stimulus package.
In the White House, she has focused on health care and education, though has also worked on immigration, criminal justice and the economy.
At the Center for American progress, Barnes has worked closely with Tom Daschle and Obama 2008 transition team leader John Podesta. She was also an executive vice president at the organization with Heather Higginbottom and Neera Tanden, who also worked in the Obama administration.
Barnes is on the Board of Directors of The Constitution Project, EMILY's List, and The Maya Angelou Public Charter School.