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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Melody Barnes

University of Virginia
Co-Director, Democracy Initiative & Professor of Practice, Miller Center of Public Affairs
Charlottesville, Virginia
Melody Barnes is co-director for Policy and Public Affairs for the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia. She is a Professor of Practice at the Miller Center of Public Affairs and Distinguished Fellow at the School of Law.

From 2009 until January 2012, Melody was Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. She also served as chief counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Melody is a Cofounder of MB2 Solutions LLC, a Richmond, Virginia based public policy and domestic strategy firm.

Melody earned her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with honors in history and her J.D. from the University of Michigan. She serves on several corporate, non-profit and foundation boards.

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