Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Fall 2020
Fall 2018
Resident Fellow

Brittany Packnett Cunningham is a social justice activist, educator and writer. Leading at the intersection of culture and justice, she has and continues to build platforms to amplify, educate, and activate everyday people to take transformative action against every form of injustice.

She is an NBC News and MSNBC contributor, former co-host of iHeart Radio’s Best Political Podcast of 2019, Pod Save The People, and is currently readying her own media platform from which to host broader conversations on social change.  She is the founder and principal of Love & Power Works, a full-service social impact and equity agency. Brittany’s forthcoming book, We Are Like Those Who Dream, is due to hit shelves in 2021.

Brittany is a former elementary teacher, education executive and two-time Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. In the past, Brittany held top roles at Teach For America, was a Congressional policy advisor, and co-founded Campaign Zero, leveraging her management, communications, policy and equity skillset on broad justice issues from public education to criminal justice.  Brittany was a member of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force and the Ferguson Commission. helping lead the country and her community through change during times of tumult.

Brittany has graced the September 2020 cover of British Vogue and a previous cover of Essence Magazine, been listed as one of Time’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership, and has been honored by BET, Politico Magazine, Marie Claire, The Trayvon Martin Foundation, Higher Heights and more.  She serves on the Gucci Changemakers Council and the Sephora Equity Advisors Board.  She and her husband live in Washington, DC.

Disclaimer: This information is accurate for the time period that this person was affiliated with the Institute of Politics.