Attain Partners promotes Doug Barrow and Kristi Phillips to managing director

15 February 2024 2 min. read
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Attain Partners, a public and nonprofit sector consultancy, has promoted Doug Barrow and Kristi Phillips to managing director.

Barrow and Phillips will serve in cross functional roles within the recently launched Attain Digital practice, which combines the firm’s technology offerings. Barrow will serve as managing director and education market lead, while Phillips will serve as managing director and nonprofit market lead.

"I am thrilled to have Doug and Kristi on the Attain Digital leadership team. Their extensive expertise in the education and nonprofit markets, combined with the innovative capabilities of our teams, will yield a tremendous impact for our clients," said Reshma Patel-Jackson, partner and Attain Digital lead. "Attain Partners has extraordinary momentum coming off a very successful 2023. With the new offerings we are bringing to market, Attain Partners is well-positioned to create enterprise-wide digital transformation success for the organizations we serve."

Based in Detroit, Barrow has 25 years of experience in educational technology and professional services, with expertise across strategy and business development.

He joined Attain in May, having previously spent nine years with, latterly as VP within the US higher education industry advisory practice.

Attain Partners promotes Doug Barrow and Kristi Phillips to managing director

Before that, Barrow spent nine years at Pearson North America, latterly as general manager for large accounts. He began his career at Thomson Learning, where he was an account executive.

Barrow has an MBA from the University of Michigan-Flint and a bachelor’s degree in management and economics from Adrian College.

“I've never been more excited than I am today to serve in a client-centric organization that believes our core values create a positive impact on our employees, clients, and the communities in which we live and work," Barrow said.

Based in New York, Phillips has over 15 years of experience supporting nonprofits with digital transformation, including related changes to people, processes, and technology.

She has been at Attain since 2020, serving as a director for business development. Before that, Phillips spent seven years with Exponent Partners, where she was an account executive.

She was also previously a director for partner technology resources and data management at Teach For All and a director for strategic support and operations at Education Pioneers.

Phillips has a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Boston University.

"Attain Digital is perfect for the nonprofit market,” Phillips said. “I'm seeing more and more organizations seeking long-term partners who can help navigate enterprise strategy inclusive of advisory program, customer relationship, and organizational change management support, as well as complex data, process, reporting, and business outcome strategic decision-making—that's exactly the strength that aligning our experts under Attain Digital provides.”