A  young woman with long braided hair wearing a dark blue shirt, red coat, hoop earrings and a long necklace stands in front of two pillars on either side of a hallway.

Brittany Packnett

Job Title
VP, National Community Alliances
Washington University in St. Louis
American University
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St. Louis
Peter Jennings Award

Brittany was raised in a tradition of social justice in St. Louis. Today, Brittany works as an education executive and activist for racial and social equity.

An alum of both Washington University in St. Louis and American University, Brittany has been an elementary teacher, legislative staffer, education policy advocate, and executive director of Teach For America–St. Louis. Under her leadership, TFA–St. Louis dramatically evolved, launching a local institute, increasing fundraising and diversity, and investing in culturally responsive pedagogy for the 20,000 students in corps member and alumni classrooms. Today, Brittany serves as Teach For America’s vice president of National Community Alliances.

Catalyzed by the death of Michael Brown, Brittany is a Ferguson protestor and is honored to serve on President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force and the Ferguson Commission, helping bring protestor voice to policy change in the wake of Ferguson. In 2015, Brittany helped launch Campaign Zero, a comprehensive policy platform to end police violence. Brittany has been featured in multiple media outlets including The Washington Post, The Guardian, MSNBC, NPR, the BBC, and Ebony Magazine. She has been named one of TIME’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership, to the Root and Ebony 100 lists, and shares the 2015 Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership with fellow activist alum DeRay Mckesson.