Brittany Packnett

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Brittany Packnett Cunningham "serves as Teach For America’s Vice President of National Community Alliances, where she leads partnerships and civil rights work with communities of color. Beyond Teach For America, Brittany 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 contributor to the Crooked Media network, most notably contributing to the weekly news roundup on Pod Save The People, a Video Columnist for Mic News, and writes for many publications.

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 Barack Obama and Community Policing. Today, she continues to advocate for urgent systemic change at critical decision making tables and through national and international media."[1]

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. Her popular 2019 TED Talk on Confidence has garnered nearly 3 million views worldwide. Brittany is the author of the forthcoming book, We Are Like Those Who Dream, with One World.

Packnett is a Director’s Leader and former Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics exploring social change and intersectional activism. A lifelong activist and proud member of the Ferguson Uprising, Brittany is co-founder of Campaign Zero.

Packnett 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.

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 the Pahara-Aspen Institute Education fellow. She is a proud member of the Gucci Changemakers Council and Sephora Equity Advisors, and an advisory board member the National Voter Protection Action Fund, Rise To Run, and Erase The Hate, NBCUniversal's Emmy-Winning initiative to rid the world of discrimination.[2]

Meeting with Facebook Officials

Deray Mckesson meets with Facebook officials Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg, Neil Potts, Blair Imani, Brittany Packnett, Sam Whiteout, Samuel Sinyangwe and others to discuss "safety, activism, Russia, & a host of ideas about moving forward" in October 2017.

DeRay Mckesson tweeted in October 2017 that he met with Facebook Public Policy Manager Neil Potts and Facebook Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl K. Sandberg along with radical left activists Blair Imani, Brittany Packnett, Sam White, Samuel Sinyangwe and others to discuss "safety, activism, Russia, & a host of ideas about moving forward."[3]

The meeting with left wing activists was one of several referenced in Politico last year, including one with the Congressional Black Caucus, who "confronted" Sheryl Sandberg over "the lack of diversity on the Facebook board and the Russian bought ads which positioned Black Live Matter as a divisive wedge":

"Seeking to address concerns over Russian-linked ads that ran on Facebook during the 2016 election, COO Sheryl K. Sandberg met this week in Washington with leaders from Latino, Muslim-American and African-American rights groups, an unprecedented outreach for the company...Facebook declined to say which African-American and Muslim groups met with Sandberg..."[4],[5]

Meeting with Bernie Sanders

Samuel Sinyangwe Tweets About Bernie Sanders

On 9 Aug 2017, Samuel Sinyangwe tweeted about a meeting he and five others, including Brittany Packnett, had with then-presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Samuel Sinyangwe believed that Bernie Sanders policies were "I can't control that I can only talk about my experience with Bernie and how we can keep pushing him further."[6] ,[7],[8]

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