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Barbara McConnell Barrett

Barbara McConnell Barrett, American former ambassador. Bar: Arizona 1978, United States District Court Arizona 1979, United States Supreme Court Arizona 1979.

Background

  • Barrett, Barbara McConnell was born on December 26, 1950 in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, United States. Daughter of Robert Harvey and Betty (Dornheim) McC.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Arizona State University, 1972. Master of Public Administration, Arizona State University, 1975. Juris Doctor, Arizona State University, 1978.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Arizona State University, 2000.

    Career

    • Attorney The Dial Corporation, Phoenix, 1976-1980. Associate general counsel, assistant secretary Southwest Forest Industries, Inc., 1980-1982. Vice chairman Civil Aeronautics Board, Washington, 1982-1983, member, 1983-1984, vice chairman, 1984-1985.

      Partner Evans, Kitchel & Jenckes, Professional Corporation, Phoenix, 1985-1988, 1989. Deputy administrator Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, 1988-1989. Private practice international business and aviation law Paradise Valley, Arizona, 1989—2008.

      President, Chief Executive Officer Triple Creek Ranch, Montana, since 1993, American Management Association, New York City, 1997-1998. Fellow Institute Politics, Kennedy School Harvard University, 1999. United States ambassador to Finland United States Department State, Helsinki, 2008—2009.

      Chairman board directors Valley Bank Arizona, 1997-1903. Chairman nominating committee The Lovelace Institute, 1995-1999, United States-Afghan Women's Council, since 2003, member, chairman, United States Advisory Commission Public Diplomacy, 2003-2008, past member Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, nominated as Secretary United States Air Force, 2003. Treasurer Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Education Foundation, 1995-1999.

      Member executive committee, vice chairperson career opportunities subcommittee United States Department Defense, 1989-1993. Member advisory committee Governor's Regional Airport, President's Advisory Committee on Trade Negotiations. Member Administrative Council United States, 1982-1985.

      Chairman United States Secretary of Commerce Export Leaders Conference, 1988, Transportation Cluster Governor's Strategic Partnership for Economic Development, 1992-1994. Member Arizona Disease Control Research Commission, 1991-1993, Business Council, United Nations, 1997-1998, National Center Political Analysis, 1997-1998, Dean's Council of 100, Arizona State University, 1998—2008, national campaign cabinet member, Campaign for Leadership, 1999-2002, Defense Business Board, 2003-2008, senior fellow, since 2009. Vice president East Valley Partnership, 1992-1994.

      Vice president International Women's Forum, 1991-1999, president, 1999-1901, member council foreign relations, since 1994. Member Phoenix Council Foreign Relations, 1981. Member steering committee Thunderbird International Symposium, 1992-1999.

      Member global dispute resolution Global Center Dispute Resolution, 1999—2005. Member advisory board China Mist Tea Company, 1998-1999, Harvard Leadership Board, 1999-1902. Member corporation advisory board, Pacific Council International Policy, 1999-2001.

      Board trustees, Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation, 2002-2008. Member executive committee, heritage Foundation President's Club, since 2004. Senior advisor 61st Session of United Nations General Assembly, 2006-2007.

      Trustee Mayo Clinic, 2006-2008. Board trustees Aerospace Corporation, 2006-2008. Board directors Exponent, Inc.1997-2008, Center International Private Enterprise1998-2007, Ratheon, 1998-2008, Horatio Alger Association, 2001-2005, Freedom House, 2001-2005, Smithsonian Institution, 2006-2008, Space Foundation, 2006-2008.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Arizona 1978, United States District Court Arizona 1979, United States Supreme Court Arizona 1979.

    Membership

    Chairman Arizona District Export Council, 1985-1992, Ronald W. Reagan Scholarship Program, mentor, 1984-1986, Airshow Canada Symposium, 1989, 91. Chairman World Trade Center Arizona, 1992-1994, chairman emerita. Director class 11 program, 1979, United Way Valley of Sun, charter participant, 1979-1980, alumni board directors, board directors Bronze Society, cabinet member, co-chairman, 1990-1993.

    Board directors Samaritan Medical Foundation, 1981-1983, grants and contracts committee chairman, 1985-1998. Board directors National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian Institute, 1988-1989, Palms Clinic and Hospital Corporation, 1987-2000, Goldwater Institute, 1991-1902. Trustee, development committee, chairperson Thunderbird School Global Management, Glendale, Arizona.

    Trustee, nominating and development committee Embry-Riddle Aeronaut. University, Prescott, Arizona, Daytona Beach, Florida, 1989-1997. President World Affairs Arizona, 1987-1988.

    Vice chairman Kid's Voting United States of America, 1991-1998. Director, nominating committee Chairman director, American Red Cross, 1993-1998, past nominating committee chairman, 1994-1996, past public support vice-chairman, 1996-1998. Candidate Governor Arizona, 1994.

    Trustee Lovelace Institute, 1995-1999. Vice regent, trustee George Washington's Fredericksburg Foundation, since 1997. President board Maricopa Colleges Foundation, 1997-1998.

    Advisory council member, St. Mary's Food Bank, 1997-1998. Member Governor's Task Force Canamex Corridor, 1998-1901. Senior advisory committee Institute Politics, Harvard, since 1999.

    Emeritus board member, Maricopa Community CC's Foundation, since 2002. Advisory board member, Boys Hope Girls Hope, since 1999, Our Military Kids, Inc., since 2005. Global council member, International Museum Women, since 2004.

    Member American Management Association (trustee, chairman executive committee, president New York City 1997-1998, Lifetime Achievement award, 2002), National Association Corporation Directors (faculty 1999, board directors 2000-2002), Arizona State University Law Society (board governors 1990-1993), Arizona State University Foundation (board directors, program chair since 1996), Arizona Women in International Trade (board directors, executive committee 1987-1993), Phoenix C. of Chamber (board directors 1987-1993), Reagan Alumni Association, National Policy Forum, member, International Women's Forum, National Association Women Judges (resource board member since 2000), Arizona Women's Forum, Charter 100, Circumnavigators, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Arizona Academy, Arizona State University Alumni Association, Network executive Women in Hospitality, Women in Aviation, International, Women's Foreign Policy Group, Women in Military Aviation, Economic Club of Phoenix (past president).

    Connections

    • Married Craig R. Barrett, January 19, 1985.
    • father: Robert Harvey McC.
    • mother: Betty (Dornheim) McC.
    • spouse: Craig R. Barrett
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    Born December 26, 1950
    (age 66)
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