Barbara has spent most of her adult life involved in the field of philanthropy. She has 43 years of experience working in national and international nonprofit organizations and in the Federal Government, including more than three decades as the chief development officer at National Public Radio (NPR), The Phillips Collection, and The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and as co-director of development at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Fast Company selected her as one of the Fast 50 in 2005 for her work as NPR’s VP for Development and Executive Director of the NPR Foundation, which she helped establish. She also was an adjunct professor in the Arts Management Graduate Program at American University.
Since retiring in 2013, Barbara has continued to work with nonprofit organizations as a Board member, consultant, volunteer, and donor. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Phillips Collection where she chairs the Development and Campaign Committee and on the Board of Georgetown Village. Past Board affiliations include Theatre Washington and the Helen Hayes Awards and the College of Arts and Science Advisory Board at the University of Mary Washington, where she was honored with a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006. Other current and past affiliations include Salzburg Global Seminars, the White House Historical Association, WAMU, and WETA.
Barbara lives in Washington, DC and Lewes Delaware with her husband Bob, who retired from private law practice in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.
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