Brittany N. Packnett is a St. Louis native raised in a tradition of social justice. Brittany leads nationally on issues of educational equity, youth leadership development, service and equity in marginalized communities. She is a former Washington, DC elementary teacher, a policy advocate and expert, capitol hill staffer, and most recently ran Teach For America-St. Louis, an education non-profit serving 20,000 low-income children of color.
Currently, Brittany serves as Teach For America’s Vice President of National Community Alliances, where she is responsible for managing alliances with constituents of color and crafting the organization’s first civil rights agenda.
Brittany has committed her life and career to justice, and in Ferguson and beyond, is an active protestor, activist, and organizer. Since the death of Michael Brown, Brittany has helped organize for change and worked on the planning teams of the Ferguson Protestor Newsletter, We The Protestors, and co-founded Campaign Zero, a comprehensive policy platform to end police violence in America.
Brittany served as an appointee to both the Ferguson Commission and President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and continues to advocate for urgent systemic change at critical decision making tables and through national and international media. A sought after speaker, she has addressed crowds everywhere from Detroit to New Zealand, and was recently featured at the historic Oxford Union, the world's oldest debating society.
She has been named one TIME Magazine’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership, featured in The Root and The Ebony 100, and shares the 2015 Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership and the number 3 spot on Politico’s 2016 50 Most Influential list with Deray McKesson. She is an alum of Washington University in St. Louis, and American University in Washington and a member the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship.