Brittany N. Packnett is an activist, the co-founder of Campaign Zero, and a member of President Barack Obama's 21st Century Policing Task Force. She was previously executive director for Teach for America in St. Louis.
Packnett was born on November 12, 1984. She was raised as the daughter of a pastor and ordained Baptist minister in St. Louis, Missouri, which led to her commitment to social justice. Going to weeknight Bible studies caused her to view Jesus Christ as a representation of unconditional liberation and justice. She then went on to study African and American studies at Washington University in St. Louis.
In 2014, while Brittany was the executive director of Teach for America in St. Louis, Michael Brown was shot in the nearby city of Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was a black, unarmed eighteen year old, shot by a white police officer. In response, Brittany became involved in the demonstrations in Ferguson that were protesting police violence and local government. She used Twitter and other social media to fight back against the distorted narrative the media was painting surrounding the protests. Soon, Packnett became a significant member of Black Twitter, where she spoke out about education, voting rights, and equal pay. 
In the summer of 2015, Brittany cofounded Campaign Zero, a policy platform designed to end police violence. That same year she was appointed to Barack Obama's 21st Century Policing Task Force, which emerged at the height of the police violence crisis. In 2016, she was promoted to Vice President of National Community Alliances at Teach for America and began the organization's first ever civil rights and equality campaign. Since then, she has dedicated both her life and career to justice. 
The Washington Post described Packnett as "heavily involved in the planning and coordination of the Ferguson protest," and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed her to serve on the Ferguson Commission established to respond to the unrest. Time magazine named Packnett to a 2015 list of "12 New Faces of Black Leadership." She was also named to The Root magazine's 2015 Root 100 list, wherein she was described as "the bridge over turbulent, troubled waters." Ebony cited Packnett with Johnetta Elzie, Deray Mckesson, and Samuel Sinyangwe to its 2015 Power 100 list for their work on Campaign Zero.
During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Packnett endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, stating: "This is not about me. This is about the work. The best way I can use my platform is to support Secretary Clinton." 
In a 2017 NPR interview, Packnett encouraged white people to use the essay White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh as a tool for recognizing and combating their white privilege.