A Partner at Hilltop, Barrett was named one of America’s top “Influencers” by Campaigns & Elections Magazine in 2013. He draws on more than 20 years of political experience, including nearly 11 years as a top advisor to former U.S. Senator and current Ambassador to China Max Baucus.
Barrett cut his teeth in politics working under his friend and mentor Jim Messina, architect of the reelection campaigns for both President Obama (2012) and British Prime Minister David Cameron (2015).
He later served as Sen. Baucus’ communications director, speechwriter, and chief spokesman before running the senior senator’s statewide operation as Montana chief of staff. Since joining Hilltop in 2010, Barrett has successfully led several high-profile projects on behalf of clients in states across the country. Those include corporate mergers, massive conservation funding coalitions, rebranding initiatives, and multi-state grasstops campaigns. Barrett also runs Hilltop’s conservation practice, serving clients who want to protect public lands and open space.
Having grown up around shotguns and fly rods, Barrett organized President Barack Obama’s first-ever fly-fishing trip on Montana’s East Gallatin River in 2009.
A native of Denver, Barrett is a 1999 graduate of The University of Montana. He splits his time between Washington, D.C., and Billings, MT, where he lives with his wife, Kari, and young son, Rowan Leo.