Barrett is a 2004 graduate of Willamette University, where she earned a BA in sociology. Barrett has had academic and practical experience with both urban and rural issues: she served asa case manager for low-income housing residents in Chicago, and later as an Undergraduate Rural Poverty Research and Policy Fellow with the Rural Policy Research Institute. She also worked at an after school program for at-risk children, and coordinated campus events to raise awareness about social justice issues.
Field placement: Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
Barrett served as the Backyard Garden Fellow with the Community Food Security Center, where she provided backyard gardening support to Tucson community members who grow food to provide for their families. She also worked to develop and implement a mobile market program visiting two rural communities, using the market as a venue to talk with customers about backyard gardening.
Policy placement: Community Food Security Coalition
Policy placement: National Family Farm Coalition
Barrett worked to strengthen grassroots members’ participation in federal policy-making through the creation of a policy advocacy handbook. She also researched and wrote issue briefs and educational materials for NFFC’s members in their work surrounding federal farm policy change, food sovereignty and trade issues.