Barbara Bennett

Barbara Bennett

Board Member

Whether she’s guiding early-stage companies through exponential growth or creating a brand-new operational strategy to ensure an organization is structured to fulfill its mission, Barb is globally recognized for counseling companies going through profound change.   

That makes Barb the ideal advisor to West Monroe as a member of our Board of Directors. A former chief operating officer and chief financial officer, Barb brings more than three decades of experience leading complex, high-growth organizations through rapid expansion.  

Barb’s experience includes working with corporate boards, committees, and external stakeholders in both the public and private sectors. She served as the Senate-confirmed CFO for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and then at Digital First Media before being named president and COO for Vulcan, Inc., the engine behind Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen’s business and philanthropic endeavors. She also spent 17 years in senior executive and leadership roles with Discovery Communications, helping grow the organization from a single channel into a multibillion-dollar, multinational media empire.  

Barb earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and has completed financial management and leadership programs at Harvard Business School and Yale University.

What makes Barbara different

Barb believes that matching individuals’ strengths with the power of teamwork best enables success. Having worked with organizations around the world, Barb developed a lasting interest in traveling and exploring other cultures. She loves new adventure and a bit of risk-taking, applying that can-do, people-centered approach equally to business endeavors as to hiking and new activities.

Where Barbara makes an impact

Barb is deeply involved in the Seattle community. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Cascade Public Media, a multi-platform public media organization that includes KCTS 9, Seattle’s PBS affiliate, and Crosscut, an online digital news site. She serves as a mentor to local startups and entrepreneur groups and is active in the Pike Place Market service community. She previously served on the boards of the Allen Institute and the Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital.

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