Social Justice Summit speaker is an activist, educator, and writer.
An activist, educator, and writer leading at the intersection of culture, justice, and policy, Brittany Packnett Cunningham serves as vice president of social impact at BET, an NBC News political analyst, and host of UNDISTRACTED
, an intersectional news and justice podcast. She is also the founder and principal of Love & Power Works, a full-service social-impact and equity agency.
Packnett Cunningham is the former co-host of iHeart Radio’s Best Political Podcast of 2019, Pod Save the People
. Her TED Talk on confidence has been translated into 22 languages and garnered over 7 million views worldwide, making it one of the top 10 most popular TED Talks of 2019. Her debut book, We Are Like Those Who Dream: Black Women Speak
, is forthcoming.
A former elementary school teacher, education executive, policy advisor, and nonprofit leader, Packnett Cunningham has held top roles at Teach for America, worked as a Congressional legislative aide, and served as a three-time fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, leveraging her broad skill set on wide-ranging justice issues from public education to racial justice. She was a member of President Barack Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force and the Ferguson Commission, helping lead the country and her community through change during times of tumult.
Packnett Cunningham has graced the covers of British Vogue
, made the list of Time
’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership, and been honored by BET, Beyonce.com, Politico
, Marie Claire
, The Trayvon Martin Foundation, National Urban League, Higher Heights, and more. She mentors frequently and serves on the Gucci Changemakers Council, Sephora Equity Council, and Children’s Defense Fund Action Council. She lives in the Washington, DC, area with her husband, Reginald, an artist and photographer, and their son, the light of their lives.
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