Cessna Barrett has lived in the Napa Valley since 1977 and has practiced real estate since 1999. She started her career with Residential Brokerage in Mill Valley, in St. Helena in 2000, and later became one of the youngest brokers in Napa County.
In 2004, the owner of Up Valley Real Estate sold the company to Barrett, making her the managing broker for 10 agents. During this time, she became the featured broker of the Napa Valley Insights newsletter, a publication that educates on real estate topics, connections within the community, and emerging trends in the business. In 2010, Barrett merged Up Valley Real Estate with Heritage Sotheby's International Realty and became a broker associate so she could focus more of her time with her son. In 2012, she joined 38 Spatial and 38 Real Estate, the only combined architecture and real estate firm in the Valley, as the managing broker. She joined Compass in St. Helena in 2014.
Barrett grew up in St. Helena, graduating from St. Helena High School before attending the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a member of the St. Helena and Calistoga Chamber of Commerce, Adopt a Highway, supporter and contributor of the Saints Booster Athletics Association and St. Helena Schools, Women's Emergency Service in Napa, the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Humane Society, Sunrise Stables, and the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority.