Lindsey Barrett

“As an educator, I watched young people imagine bold possibilities for their lives and for the world every day. I champion children because we must be just as bold in reimaging and redesigning systems that are designed to support all young people in achieving their biggest aspirations.”

Lindsey Barrett is an associate program officer with The Skillman Foundation. Prior to that, she served as a Program and Impact Fellow with the Foundation supporting the Foundation’s program team, where she led the Cody Rouge Partnership initiative. 

Prior to joining the Foundation, Lindsey spent five years teaching and learning from Detroit’s brilliant youth as an elementary and middle school teacher in Detroit. She also brings experience in neighborhood development from her role as a Bohnett Public Service and Leadership Fellow in the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department where she led youth engagement in one of Detroit’s strategic neighborhood framework (SNF) neighborhoods. 

Lindsey holds a bachelor’s in Elementary Education and master’s in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University through the Urban Educators Cohort Program. She also holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. 

A native Detroiter, Lindsey enjoys exploring arts and culture happenings in the city, cooking, and weekend road trips.

Areas of expertise:
K-12 education, teacher recruitment and retention, education policy, and collective impact.

How I can support partners:
Being a thought partner in their work involving K-12 education and community development.

A quote that describes my outlook:
“As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.” —Toni Morrison

How I reenergize:
Journaling and gratitude practices, being active, and cooking.