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/Penguin Random House.
Known as @MsPackyetti on social media, Brittany is a policy expert, non-profit executive, and teacher. 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, a member of the Ferguson Commission and President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. A lifelong activist, Brittany was active in the Ferguson Uprising and is co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence.
She is a Crooked Media contributor, Cohost of the four time Webby-award winning Pod Save The People, and founded Love & Power, a hub created to inspire, empower, and outfit everyday people to seismically shift society. Brittany was a TED 2019 mainstage speaker, and currently pens the column “Listen Up!” for Teen Vogue.
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 twice to Marie Claire’s 50 Most Powerful Women, received the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership and shares the number 3 spot on Politico’s 2016 50 Most Influential list, among other honors.
Brittany is an alum of Washington University in St. Louis, American University in Washington, and the Pahara- Aspen Education Fellowship. She is a proud member of the Gucci Changemakers Council and the advisory boards of Rise To Run, and Erase The Hate, NBCUniversal’s Emmy-Winning initiative to rid the world of discrimination.