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 former Ambassador to China Max Baucus.
Barrett cut his teeth in politics working under his friend and mentor Jim Messina, architect of President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. From 1999 to 2010, Barrett 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, and promote clean energy solutions.
Called upon to reset the struggling effort in Maine to establish a new National Park, Barrett was hired by the Burt’s Bees product line founder to manage a fully integrated campaign that, after nearly 5 years, led to then-President Obama establishing the 80,000 acre area as a National Monument in August of 2016. The Washington Post described the historic move as “creating what is likely to be the last large new national park ever established on the East Coast.”
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 and formerly a registered fly-fishing guide, 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.