Barrett Newkirk


Communications and Public Relations Manager

Barrett Newkirk works with the staff and partners to raise awareness around Alianza’s overall mission and specific campaigns to make the Coachella Valley a welcoming and prosperous place for everyone. He does this through interpersonal and strategic communications, including media relations for the organization.

Barrett grew up in Indiana, in an agricultural community very different from the one in the rural Coachella Valley. Before joining Alianza, he worked as a journalist for over a decade, including an impressive five-year stint at The Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs reporting mostly on politics and healthcare across the Coachella Valley. Barrett has a BA in sociology and anthropology from Indiana University and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He is a community volunteer and appointed member of the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission.