In her role as the Chief External Officer, Ms. Barker leads teams directly involved with external relations, marketing and communications, development, legal and authorizer relations, and expansion. She also serves as the organization’s primary spokesperson to all external constituents. Ms. Barker works to ensure that Achievement First becomes an even more prominent, effective partner in supporting education reform and social justice. Before becoming CXO, Ms. Barker worked as an educator and school leader in AF schools for 10 years. During her tenure as principal of Achievement First East New York Middle School, her school’s academic results and organizational health were among the top 5% in the network. A proud Brooklyn native, Ms. Barker began her career in education as a seventh-grade mathematics and science teacher in Philadelphia.
Ms. Barker joined Achievement First Endeavor Middle School as a teacher, and went on to become a grade-level team leader and mathematics coach, academic dean and principal-in-residence before becoming principal. She holds a dual B.A. in political science and in communications and rhetorical studies from Syracuse University.