Dr. Tarika Barrett, COO of Girls Who Code, Joins McGraw Hill's Board of Directors
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Dr. Tarika Barrett, COO of Girls Who Code, Joins McGraw Hill's Board of Directors

McGraw Hill — the well-known educational company teaching youth about science and technology — is taking steps toward a digitally-focused future.

To help make this happen, the learning science company has announced a new addition to their board of directors, Dr. Tarika Barrett — Chief Operating Officer at Girls Who Code — according to a news release.

“Tarika brings extensive leadership experience and a record of achievement in the education sector,” said Larry Berg — a senior partner at Apollo Global Management and Chairman of the board of McGraw Hill — in a statement. “She will work closely with me, Simon Allen, and the company’s other board members to provide counsel on numerous strategic, and operational matters that will help position McGraw Hill for continued success.”

As a newly appointed board member, Barrett will support the company’s mission while also providing counsel to assist in developing world-class content for its digital learning platforms, according to a press release.

“I have long admired McGraw Hill for the quality of its products and its purpose-driven culture,” Dr. Barrett said in a press statement. “I am honored to join the board and look forward to working with Larry, Simon and the other directors to continue to drive innovation that will benefit students and educators.”

McGraw Hill’s board is eager to work with Barrett in this new capacity and looks forward to seeing how her contributions will help transform the company.

“Tarika’s deep knowledge of the education sector and her strong background in the use of technology in the classroom will be of great benefit to us as we continue our digital transformation,” said McGraw Hill CEO, Simon Allen, in a statement. “She shares our values and sense of purpose, and I look forward to working with her as we continue to improve student outcomes through a focus on the science of learning.”

As COO of Girls Who Code — the international nonprofit closing the gender gap in the tech space for aspiring young women — Barrett has advised the organization’s free Summer Immersion Program and after-school Clubs Program, which have reached over 300,000 girls around the world, a press release reports.

Additionally, she’s responsible for the nonprofit’s International Expansion, Alumni Programming, and People & Culture teams.

Barrett also sits on the board of Eskolta — a nonprofit dedicated to helping urban public schools re-engage at-risk teenagers — alongside other teachers, professors, business executives, and directors.