Heels in the Obama White House

President-Elect Barack Obama has named two UNC College of Arts and Sciences alumni for high-level White House posts.  He chose Melody C. Barnes, ’86 History/Honors,  to head the Domestic Policy Council, and Rob Nabors, ’96 MA Political Science, as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.


nabors-web2 Barnes, who has served as a senior adviser during the Obama      campaign, will be the president’s top adviser on a range of issues.

“We know that rebuilding our economy will require action on a wide array of policy matters — education and health care to energy and Social Security,” Obama said in announcing the appointment. “Without sound
policies in these areas, we can neither enjoy sustained economic growth nor realize our full potential as people.”

A native of Richmond, Barnes served as co-director of the Agency Review Working Group for the Obama transition team. Before that she was executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress, and she spent eight years as chief counsel to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she worked on civil rights and women’s issues. She earned a law degree at the University of Michigan.

Click here for more details and a video of her remarks at the announcement.

Obama said that Nabors, who is currently staff director of the House Appropriations Committee, has the right combination of experience for his new post at OMB. “Rob will bring to this post experience in the executive branch, at the OMB, where he helped the Clinton administration achieve balanced budgets, as well as in the legislative branch, where he led the appropriations committee staff as a driving force for a responsible budget. …. Rob will help steer our budget through Congress so that I can sign it into law.”

As a graduate student at UNC, Nabors co-authored a paper with political scientist Thomas Oatley. “Redistributive cooperation: Market failure, wealth transfers and the Basle Accord,” was published in the journal International Organization in 1996.

Click here for more details and a video on the announcement.


One Response to Heels in the Obama White House

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