Heather Barry is a problem solver and bridge builder serving as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for SSP America—a publically traded company and global leader in the business of restaurants in airports, rail stations and motorways, serving more than one million passengers daily in more than 30 countries.
Barry is a member of SSP America’s Business Development team and is responsible for strategic airport business diversity plans and compliance in SSP’s North American operations. The goal is to develop operational and performance initiatives that enhance and advance the company’s efforts within the FAA’s Airport Concessions Disadvantage Business Enterprise programs.
Prior to joining SSP America, Barry served as Director of Business Affairs for Denver International Airport (DEN) the nation’s sixth-busiest airport. She was a member of the airport leadership team and responsible for creating the DEN Commerce Hub—a first of its kind office in the aviation industry. The office served as a central point for businesses, large and small alike, to tap into and become part of future business opportunities at DEN. During her tenure, Barry made it her mission to grow business inclusion and in 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration awarded Barry with the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Advocate and Partner Award for her work with the Commerce Hub.
Barry has served as an appointee to Denver Mayors Michael B. Hancock, Guillermo “Bill” Vidal and John Hickenlooper where she held the positions of Director of Government Affairs, Director of Legislative Services, Director of Neighborhood Relations and City Council Liaison, respectively.
A graduate of the University of Washington, Barry holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in public administration from The Evergreen State College and a professional certificate from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Her board involvement includes serving as a Trustee for the University of Nebraska, Chair of the Airport Minority Advisory Foundation and Vice Chair of the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce.