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Brittany Packnett Cunningham

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Season 8, Episode 2: Activist Roots

Brittany Packnett Cunningham is a leader at the intersection of culture, justice and policy. As an activist, educator and writer, she builds platforms to activate everyday people to take transformative action for justice.

Brittany serves as Vice President of Social Impact at BET, is an NBC News and MSNBC analyst and host of UNDISTRACTED, an intersectional news and justice podcast. Brittany is also the founder and principal of Love & Power Works, a full-service social impact and equity agency.

Brittany is the former co-host of iHeart Radio’s Best Political Podcast of 2019, Pod Save The People and her TED Talk on confidence has garnered over 6 million views worldwide, making it one of the top ten most popular TED Talks of 2019. Brittany’s forthcoming book, We Are Like Those Who Dream, is due to hit shelves soon.

Brittany is a former elementary teacher, education executive, and policy advisor, and non-profit leader. In the past, Brittany held top roles at Teach For America, was a Congressional legislative aide, and a 3 time fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, leveraging her broad skillset on wide-ranging justice issues from public education to racial justice. Brittany was a member of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force and the Ferguson Commission, helping lead the country and her community through change during times of tumult.

Brittany graced the covers of British Vogue and Essence Magazine, been listed as one of Time’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership, and has been honored by BET, Beyonce, Politico Magazine, Marie Claire, The Trayvon Martin Foundation, Higher Heights and more. She mentors frequently, serves on the Gucci Changemakers and Sephora Equity Councils, and lives with her husband in the Washington, DC area.

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