Brittany N. Packnett, 30, is a St. Louis native who works on issues of educational equity, youth leadership development and social justice, with a focus on culturally responsive leadership in marginalized communities. She has been an elementary teacher, Capitol Hill Staffer, and policy advocate and expert in Washington, DC, and currently serves as Executive Director Teach For America in St. Louis, which serves over 20,000 students corps member and alumni classrooms daily. In Ferguson and beyond, she has been an active protestor and activist for issues of racial and social equity. Since August 2014, she has supported organizing work including the #Ferguson Protestor Newsletter and Open Letters, and moderated the #FergusonFireside conference calls.
She has been one of many voices to take the stories of Ferguson, activism, policy and racial justice to national and international media outlets including the New York Times, TIME Magazine, USA Today, MSNBC, NPR, Al Jazeera America, the BBC, CNN, and Ebony Magazine, among others.
In 2014, Brittany helped bring community voice to the Ferguson Commission and President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing as an appointee to each. Recently, she joined other activists to release Campaign Zero, a comprehensive policy platform to end police violence in America.
Brittany is an alum of Washington University in St. Louis and American University in Washington, DC, studying African American History and Elementary Education, respectively. She volunteers her time as a mentor and board member for several community organizations in the St. Louis region.In 2015, Brittany was named one of TIME Magazine's 12 New Faces of Black Leadership and, along with fellow activist DeRay McKesson, was awarded the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership.
She is @MsPackyetti on Twitter.