Brittany Packnett, 31, is an educator, protestor and activist who works on issues of educational equity, police violence and social justice. She has been an elementary school teacher, Capitol Hill staffer, and policy advocate in Washington, and currently works as the Vice President of National Community Alliances - Teach For America. In Ferguson & beyond, she has been an active protestor and activist for issues of racial equity. Since August 2014, she has helped organize for change through spaces such as the #Ferguson Protestor Newsletter and Open Letters, and moderated the #FergusonFireside national conference calls.
She has been featured on education, policy, and racial justice issues in international media outlets including the New York Times, TIME, MSNBC, NPR, Al Jazeera America, BBC, CNN, and Ebony Magazine among others.
In 2014, Brittany helped bring community voice to the Ferguson Commission & President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing as an appointee. Recently, she joined a core team of activists to launch Campaign Zero, a comprehensive policy platform to end police violence. Through the platform, the group has continued to advocate for urgent systemic change in the 2016 Presidential election and beyond.
In 2015, Brittany was named one of TIME Magazine’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership, featured in The Root 100, The Ebony Power 100, and shares the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership with fellow activist DeRay McKesson.