22 Facts About Barbara Barrett


Barbara Barrett is an instrument-rated pilot, and cattle and bison rancher.


Barbara Barrett is former chair of the Aerospace Corporation and a member on the boards of California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, RAND Corporation, Smithsonian Institution, Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, and Lasker Foundation.


On June 23,2021, Barrett was appointed to the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution by a joint resolution of the House of Resolutions and the Senate, filling the vacancy created by the expiration of David M Rubenstein's tenure on the board.


Barbara Barrett earned her Bachelor of Science in liberal arts, Master of Public Administration in international business, and Juris Doctor degrees at Arizona State University.


Barbara Barrett was founding chair of Valley Bank of Arizona, and partner at Evans, Kitchel and Jenckes, a large Phoenix law firm.


Barbara Barrett was president of the International Women's Forum from 1999 through 2001.


Barbara Barrett has been the owner and CEO of the Triple Creek Guest Ranch since 1994.


Barbara Barrett ran in the Republican primary against incumbent governor Fife Symington, but failed to win her party's nomination.


In 2008 and 2009, Barrett was US ambassador to Finland under President George W Bush.


Barbara Barrett was a senior advisor to the US Mission to the United Nations.


Barbara Barrett is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a participant with Global Leadership Foundation, Club of Madrid and World Economic Forum.


Barbara Barrett served as chairman for the State Department's Women's Economic Empowerment Working Group, US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy and US Secretary of Commerce's Export Conference.


On January 12,2021, Barbara Barrett announced that she would resign as Air Force Secretary a day before January 20 inauguration.


In 2012 Barbara Barrett was interim president of Thunderbird School of Global Management, now a unit of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise.


In 2014, Barbara Barrett was inducted into the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame and received the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Presidential Medal from President Laurie Leshin.


Barbara Barrett has trained as an astronaut, and was the backup spaceflight participant for the Soyuz TMA-16 flight to the International Space Station.


Barbara Barrett was deputy director of the Federal Aviation Administration and vice chairman of the US Civil Aeronautics Board.


Barbara Barrett has been recognized with the Administrators Award for Distinguished Service by the FAA, Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans, Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship and Sandra Day O'Connor Board Excellence Award.


Barbara Barrett received the 2018 Heritage Award from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Barbara Barrett was born on a farm in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.


Barbara Barrett is married to Craig Barrett, retired chairman and CEO of Intel.


Barbara Barrett climbed Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro in August 2007 and bicycled 900 kilometers throughout Finland while ambassador.