Commission Work

Brittany N. Packnett

Packnett is the daughter of educators and currently serves as executive director for Teach For America in St. Louis. She first joined Teach For America as a 2007 corps member in Washington, D.C., where she taught third grade at King Elementary in Southeast Washington. From there, she served as legislative assistant for her hometown Congressman, U.S. Representative Wm. Lacy Clay of Missouri, advising on education, family policy, and oversight and government reform committee matters. Following her time on the Hill, Packnett served as a director on Teach For America’s Government Affairs team, and volunteered as the executive director of Dream Girls DMV, A Mentoring Program for Girls, and as founding co-chair of The Collective-DC, an organization for Teach For America alumni of color in the region.

She is graduate of the John B. Ervin Scholars program at Washington University in St. Louis and American University in Washington.

Why I'm Serving: 
“Our children matter deeply, and they should be allowed to live in full dignity, democracy, and freedom, no matter where they live or what they look like. As a native of North St. Louis County and leader of Teach For America, which serves thousands of county students, the revival of this region is deeply personal to me. I recognize both the economic and moral imperative of ensuring that Ferguson, North County and this entire region receive the kind of sustainable, long-term solutions that ensure tragedies like this no longer occur. Since August 9, I have worked to intensively listen to the needs of the community, especially our students and young people, to represent their voice and our collective truth through multiple outlets to establish tactical solutions like Teach For Ferguson, and to coordinate and participate peaceful protests to promote the value of our children’s lives. We have the power to end this cycle and set a model for the rest of the nation. I believe in Ferguson; I believe in St. Louis; and I believe in our ability to pursue a more just region for all of our citizens. We must be the change we wish to see, and we cannot ignore the urgency of now for our community.”