Carrie Rebora Barratt, Ph.D., became the ninth CEO and President of The New York Botanical Garden in July 2018, the first woman to hold the position. She came to the Garden following a distinguished 34-year career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she worked as a curator and transitioned from research and scholarship to governance and administration, most recently serving since 2009 as Deputy Director, leading visitor-focused, mission-aligned initiatives during a transformational period in the Museum’s history.
Dr. Barratt has long made it her passion and her business to support and study nature, culture, and education; the three are inextricably linked at NYBG. She brings her experience and focus to the permanent collections—their study, care, and management—and to the special exhibitions program to guide and integrate the science, horticulture, and education programs that support one holistic mission as stewards of the plants of the world. The collection of plants spreads across the 250-acre National Historic Landmark landscape in the Bronx, with more than one million specimens and spectacular display gardens amid award-winning architecture. At remote field sites around the globe, NYBG scientists are advancing and influencing plant conservation efforts, climate change initiatives, and biodiversity protection causes.
Dr. Barratt’s track record and vision for growing visitor engagement and connecting art and nature enhances the Garden’s reputation for vibrant special exhibitions and public programs that attract and serve ever-growing and diverse audiences; creative education programs for all ages connecting plants and people, art and science, human wellness and living collections; groundbreaking plant research and science-based conservation programs; and innovative educational offerings from pre-K through post-graduate studies.
A native Chicagoan, Dr. Barratt received her B.A. from the University of Illinois, M.A. in art history from UCLA, and Ph.D. from The City University of New York.