Annalisa Barrett

The founder and CEO of Board Governance Research LLC, which provides independent research on corporate governance practices, board composition and director demographics.  Ms. Barrett has nearly two decades of experience in the field of corporate governance.  She is the author of numerous reports and articles on corporate governance topics and is regularly invited to speak on governance matters at national conferences.  She has been quoted in numerous periodicals and her research has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

Ms. Barrett is a Clinical Professor of Finance at the University of San Diego’s School of Business.  She teaches graduate courses in Corporate Governance and undergraduate courses in Financial Statement Analysis and Personal Finance.  In addition, she is a Senior Advisor for ValueEdge Advisors, which was founded by corporate governance leaders Richard Bennett, Robert AG Monks and Nell Minow to advise institutional investors regarding effective corporate governance engagement to preserve portfolio value and diminish risk.

Previously, Ms. Barrett was Vice President and Senior Research Associate at The Corporate Library, where she led the firm’s research on the effectiveness of the board of directors.  Before joining The Corporate Library, Ms. Barrett was a Research Consultant at Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson). Prior to that, she spent several years in the Family Wealth Planning practice of Arthur Andersen.

In 2008, Ms. Barrett was named a Millstein Rising Star in Corporate Governance. She holds an MBA, with distinction, from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  She, her husband, and their two children live in San Diego, California.






Rising Star in Corporate Governance

Each year, the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School presents the annual Rising Star of Corporate Governance Awards.

This award recognizes people who, while young and possibly new to the field of corporate governance, are making their marks as outstanding analysts, experts, activists, or managers. Recipients may represent any of the many bodies that comprise the world of corporate governance: corporations, academic bodies, institutional investors, auditors, advisory firms, rating agencies, proxy services, professional associations, and others.