Carrie Rebora Barratt is an energetic and collaborative executive leader, who has deployed her growth and resilience mindset into organizational transitions in top NYC cultural institutions. She brings dedication, curiosity, civility, and enthusiasm in times of change and challenge. Dr. Barratt advocates for shared goals aligned toward productive results, with respect for collective intelligence, impact, and innovation at every level, from staff and board. Her top priority is offering space for shifting narratives among staff and visitors, to get at a richer and more honest view of creative enterprise through history and the present moment. She is committed to anti-racism as continuous practice, and to inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and belonging as the underpinning of cultural life that requires constant attention and fresh perspective.
Dr. Barratt joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a summer intern and rose to Deputy Director, 34 years working in a cultural mecca at the forefront of rediscovering the past and developing collections and narratives to create a more inclusive story of our glorious and complicated past. A renowned curator and scholar of American Art, she transitioned in 2009 to governance and administration. As Deputy Director during a transformational period in Museum’s leadership, she championed presentation and interpretation of collections, and led projects on cultural heritage, conservation, and established global partnerships.
In 2018, she left The Met for a museum of plants, New York Botanical Garden, leveraging her love of collections in the natural and scientific world. As the first woman to hold the Garden’s leadership position, she listened, learned, synthesized and then worked closely with colleagues to foster human wellness, joy and a deeper connection to the natural world. She galvanized 450 colleagues and a long-standing board of trustees through leadership transition and the COVID-19 crisis with a balanced budget and thriving program. She strengthened the institution’s work as an anchor institution in the Bronx, in the cultural life of New York City and the nation, and strengthened its role as a world leader in the scientific and horticultural dimensions of climate change, conservation, sustainability, and food security.
Recently, Dr. Barratt left this role to create The Solace Project, a hub of resources and learning opportunities that locate healing in the cultural space. Situated at the intersection of art and nature, and backed by scientific studies of neuropathy, The Solace Project focuses on recognizing deep-breath moments and turning them into guiding principles for individual practice and enterprise-wide teamwork, through story-sharing, workshops, individual consultancy, and online access. The Solace Project leverages awe-inspiring experiences within museums and gardens as essential to well-being for staff and visitors, and taps into her personal passion for creativity, making, growing, listening, and healing, and her core values of integrity, honesty, and courage.