Director of Development
Barbara comes to The Fairness Project with 20 years of development and nonprofit management experience. Over her career, she has fundraised, provided executive leadership, and founded organizations whose missions and work are deeply rooted in social justice, environmental justice, and human rights. Barbara’s personal passion for the mission of TFP comes from her direct experience as an organizer in Orange County, California for the No on Proposition 8, Same-Sex Marriage ban in 2008 where she experienced the devastating impact of losing a ballot measure, and thousands of lives and marriages were turned upside. She now could not be more enthused to bring her expertise in development to The Fairness Project to raise funds to support winning ballot initiatives that are changing and saving the lives of working people across the country.
Before joining The Fairness Project Barbara worked with the Astraea Foundation for Justice, a public foundation that funded LGBTQI women of color and trans-led frontline grassroots activists and organizations around the world. Prior to Astraea, she worked with other nonprofits such as the Hetrick-Martin Institute, The Peace Center, and the Human Rights Campaign. Her experience also includes founding the nonprofit Orange County Equality Coalition and serving as Executive Director for two local nonprofits. Her vastly diverse years of experience allow her to bring a nuanced blend of not only fundraising but also an astute aptitude at building strategic partnerships and managing outcomes.
Barbara received her Master of Social Work from the University of Vermont and a bachelor’s degree from Radford University. Hailing from Virginia, she now lives in Southern California with her partner of 12 years and a menagerie of rescue pups and cats.