Skip to content
Subscribe Donate
Post

Former JFF Policy Lead Lexi Barrett Will Be Voice for Equity in Biden Administration

JFF President and CEO Maria Flynn cheers the appointment of Lexi Barrett, former associate vice president of policy at JFF, as a senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.

November 3, 2021

At a Glance

JFF President and CEO Maria Flynn cheers the appointment of Lexi Barrett, former associate vice president of policy at JFF, as a senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.

Contributors
Maria Flynn President & CEO 

I’m excited to celebrate the news of JFF’s associate vice president of policy, Lexi Barrett, joining the Biden administration as a senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. In her new position, Lexi will be a powerful voice for educational and economic equity. As JFF’s policy lead, Lexi invigorated and grew our state and federal policy team, and she will bring her deep expertise in practice-informed public policy to the Biden-Harris administration.

Since joining JFF in 2016, Lexi has expanded our influence as a go-to resource for state and federal policy focused on education and workforce development. Her strategic leadership has positioned JFF as a leading voice for equitable advancement across the learn and work ecosystem. Our strategic policy guide How to Achieve an Equitable Economic Recovery for America: A Blueprint for the Biden Administration informed the president’s Build Back Better and infrastructure plans. Our state policy guide to improving postsecondary education and training for all learners, Making College Work for Students and the Economy, is an essential tool for state policymakers across the country.

During the Biden-Harris transition to the White House, Lexi served as a navigator on the transition team. Before coming to JFF, Lexi was a policy director at New Profit and a senior policy advisor in the Obama White House.

At JFF, we will miss having Lexi as a colleague, mentor, and leader in our organization, but we are proud of her for answering the call to service at a time of great importance for the nation. Her talents, knowledge, and acumen will serve her new colleagues in the Education Department well. The entire JFF team and Board of Directors look forward to her new role!

Related Content

News

Former JFF Vice President Amy Loyd Brings Fierce Equity Focus to U.S. Department of Education

JFF President and CEO Maria Flynn hails the appointment of former colleague and visionary leader Amy Loyd as acting assistant secretary of the federal Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. JFF President and CEO…

April 12, 2021
Impact Story

Policy at JFF

JFF’s policy team offers fresh ideas on education, poverty alleviation, and workforce issues that prepare students and workers for the jobs of the future and boost our nation's economy. JFF’s policy team offers fresh ideas…

April 24, 2018
Podcast

When Policy Meets Practice Podcast Series

Series Trailer Paul Fain previews the podcast series, and JFF’s Lexi Barrett explains why policymakers should incorporate the views of on-the-ground practitioners in their policy strategies. Episode 10: Career Navigation Policy and Best Practices for…

June 21, 2021