Barrett, Barbara (12/26/1950- )

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  • Occupation: Lawyer and corporate executive
  • Biography: Barbara Barrett of Paradise Valley, Arizona, is CEO of Triple Creek Guest Ranch in Montana and serves on the boards of RAND, Sally Ride Science, and Aerospace corporations; the Horatio Alger Association; and the Lasker and Space foundations. Previously, she was Interim President of Thunderbird School of Global Management, U.S. Ambassador to Finland, Senior Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, CEO of the American Management Association, a teaching fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School, a partner in a large Phoenix law firm, and a member of the boards of Raytheon, Exponent, Piper Aircraft, Mayo Clinic, Hershey School and Trust, and Harvard's Institute of Politics. During the Reagan Administration, she served as the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration and Vice Chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board. She was President of the International Women's Forum, Chairman of the Secretary of Commerce's Export Conference, and Chairman of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Ambassador Barrett participates with the Global Leadership Foundation, Club of Madrid, World Economic Forum, and Council on Foreign Relations. She is an instrument-rated pilot and certified astronaut.
  • Barrett has a connection to the Smithsonian dating to the 1980s when she was a member of the National Air and Space Museum Board; she served on the Smithsonian National Board for most of the last decade and co-founded Smithsonian Gemstone Collectors in 2010.
  • Roles: Advancement, Audit and Review, Compensation and Human Resources Committees


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