Barbara Barrett, a former U.S. ambassador and one-time Arizona gubernatorial hopeful, is President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Air Force.
Barrett is well-known among business-minded Republicans, the cohort who attend Chamber of Commerce luncheons. She and her husband, former Intel chairman and CEO Craig Barrett, regularly donate money to Republican candidates.
They’ve also given millions to Arizona State University, where a building and program carry their name.
The 68-year-old Paradise Valley businesswoman’s resume is long and varied, from owning a tony ranch in Montana to training to be an astronaut in Russia.