As senior director of National Education Policy at Jobs for the Future, Ms. Barrett develops and implements JFF’s federal and state education policy agenda, with particular focus on the high school to college transition and policies that increase the postsecondary education and career trajectories of low-income and underprepared students and out-of-school youth. She is responsible for policy development, strategic planning, government relations, and policy communications strategies related to JFF’s education work.
Prior to joining JFF, Ms. Barrett served as policy director for America Forward, the public policy arm of New Profit. At America Forward, Ms. Barrett focused on developing and implementing federal policy initiatives that accelerate social innovation, leading policy communications strategies, and supporting the education policy work of the America Forward Coalition.
Before joining America Forward at New Profit, Ms. Barrett spent nine years in federal service. She served for six years on Capitol Hill as legislative assistant to Senator Richard Durbin, working on a variety of education, national service, and early childhood policy issues. Ms. Barrett also worked as a policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education before serving as senior policy advisor at the White House on the Domestic Policy Council, helping to shape and advance President Obama’s early education and K-12 education agenda.
Originally from Knoxville, TN, Ms. Barrett received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Chicago. She currently resides in Washington, DC.