Brittany Packnett

Activist. Educator. Writer.

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Brittany Packnett is a leader at the intersection of culture and justice.

Cited by President Barack Obama as a leader whose "voice is going to be making a difference for years to come," Brittany is an unapologetic educator, organizer, and writer.  She is the author of the forthcoming book, We Are Like Those Who Dream, with One World.

Known as @MsPackyetti on social media, Brittany has become a sought-after voice in the work of social change and empowerment.

A former teacher, policy expert, and non-profit executive director, Brittany has committed her life and career to justice.  She currently plays many roles, all focused on freedom.

Brittany was a Fall 2018 Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics. She was a Ferguson protestor and continues in activism as, among other things, co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence. She is a to the Crooked Media network, and co-host of Pod Save The People,  which earned the team two 2018 Webby Awards for Best News Podcast. Brittany was a Video Columnist for Mic News, and currently writes a column for Teen Vogue called, “Listen Up!”

Recently, Brittany launched Love & Power, a hub created to inspire, empower, and outfit everyday people to seismically shift society.

Brittany was an appointed member of the Ferguson Commission and President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.  Today, she continues to advocate for urgent systemic change at critical decision making tables and through national and international media.

Photo by Reginald Cunningham of  Pure Black Photography .

Photo by Reginald Cunningham of Pure Black Photography.

From New Zealand to London, across the United States, and at the White House, Brittany has traveled extensively to impart lessons of empowerment, movement building, social impact, leadership, and empowerment for women and girls-especially those of color.

She has graced the cover of Essence Magazine, been named one of TIME Magazine’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership, and honored at the 2018 BET Awards as "one of the fiercest activists of our time." Brittany has been named one of Marie Claire's 50 Most Influential Women for the past two years, LinkedIn’s Next Wave, received the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership and shares the number 3 spot on Politico’s 2016 50 Most Influential list, among others.

Brittany is an alum of Washington University in St. Louis, American University in Washington, and is a Pahara-Aspen Institute Education fellow.  She is a proud board member of the Gucci Changemakers Council, Rise To Run, Erase The Hate, NBCUniversal's Emmy-Winning initiative to rid the world of discrimination.

Ultimately, Brittany is a proud Black woman who believes that freedom is within our grasp- as long as we unleash love, and build our power, because “power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice.” (MLK)

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