D.C. Bar Foundation Names Jarratt as Executive Director

December 18, 2013

Head shot of Kirra JarrettThe District of Columbia Bar Foundation's board of directors has named Kirra L. Jarratt as its new executive director. Jarratt recently served on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors.

Jarratt was formerly a legislative counsel in the Governmental Affairs Office of the American Bar Association, where she focused on issues such as campaign finance reform, elder law, and real property. She also worked on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Jarratt follows Katherine L. "Katia" Garrett, who has served as executive director of the Bar Foundation since 2005. Garrett will step down at the beginning of the year.

"I'm thrilled to build on Katia's history of success and thoroughly engage in the long-term strategic planning process that the foundation has begun," Jarratt said. "I am committed to building the foundation's community of support that is so instrumental in helping to improve access to justice for D.C.'s most vulnerable residents."

Jarratt's experience includes serving as general counsel for the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services and as assistant general counsel at the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency. She also served as counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and as legislative director for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. In addition, Jarratt founded the law firm of Jarratt & Jarratt, PLLC, where she litigated child welfare and family law cases. She is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and the University of Michigan Law School.

"We have found an excellent new leader for the D.C. Bar Foundation who will build on the truly remarkable professionalism, vision, and strategic, collaborative growth that Katia Garrett has so effectively put in place during her tenure,"said Marc Fleischaker, president of the Bar Foundation's board of directors. "Kirra brings leadership, passion and a deep commitment to serving the most vulnerable population in Washington, D.C."