Didi Barrett
Didi Barrett was elected to the New York State Assembly in a special election in March 2012 and re-elected to a full term in November 2012. A resident of the Hudson Valley for more than 25 years, she came to elected office after a career as a community activist, writer and longtime leader of not-for-profit organizations. As a member of the Assembly, she serves on the Committees on Aging; Agriculture; Mental Health, Economic Development; Job Creation; Tourism, Parks and Sports Development; and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Legislative Womenís Caucus.

Didi is passionate about the agricultural, natural, and cultural resources of the Hudson Valley and their critical importance as economic engines and job generators. She is a member of the board of Sprout Creek Farm, an educational farm in Poughkeepsie and an advisor to the National Young Farmers Coalition. Didi spearheaded the creation of the Dutchess Girls Collaborative to support local girls and young women. She helped launch and is a board member of the North East Dutchess Fund (NED) of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, which focuses on improving life in the six towns of northeastern Dutchess County. She helped create the pioneering NED Corps program, with Dutchess Community Action Partnership, to deliver social services to this rural region and serves on its affiliated Latino Roundtable. She is formerly a trustee of the Anderson Foundation for Autism, board member of the Millbrook Education Foundation and consultant to the Hudson Valley resident professional theater company Half Moon Theatre. She writes a blog, Diner Dialogues: Talk of the Hudson Valley, that explores many of these issues.

Didiís family has deep roots in the Hudson Valley, and a long involvement with Dutchess and Columbia counties. In 1938, her grandfather and great-uncle bought a farm in Ancramdale which still remains in the family. Didiís husband, David, grew up in the Hudson Valley town of Middletown. The couple has two children, Alec and Annabel.

Didiís other affiliations have included Girls Incorporated of NYC (founding chair); New York Womenís Foundation, Planned Parenthood of NYC, the Womenís Campaign Forum and NARAL Pro-Choice New York (former board member) and the American Folk Art Museum (trustee emeritus).