Barbara is Senior Director of Federal Policy and Congressional Relations with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation in Washington, DC focusing on urban and rural federal housing and community development policy. She was formerly the Senior Program Director for the Greater Miami LISC program.
Barbara began her career in community development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Venezuela, South America working with consumer and credit cooperatives. Since that time Barbara has worked in many areas of community development including banking, grant-making, education, workforce development and city and state government and as the Executive Director of the Fenway Community Development Corporation in Boston.
Presently Barbara serves as a member on the boards of Citizens Housing and Planning Association in Massachusetts, and the National Rural Housing Coalition. She is a former board member of the Fannie Mae National Advisory Committee, the Massachusetts Association of CDCs, the Women’s Institute of Housing and Economic Development and the Florida Housing Coalition among many other organizations
Barbara has a Bachelor and a Masters degree from Boston University and is an alumna of the JFK School of Government’s Executive Program for Local and State Government.