Barbara’s career of 43 years included working first in the Federal Government and then as the chief development officer at National Public Radio (NPR), The Phillips Collection, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Fast Company selected her as one of the Fast 50 in 2005 for her work as NPR’s Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the NPR Foundation, which she helped establish. A highlight of her 15 years at NPR included helping to secure a $230 million bequest from the late Joan Kroc. Barbara also was an adjunct professor in the Arts Management Graduate Program at American University. She studied theatre and history at Mary Washington College and was honored with the UMW Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006.
Since retiring in 2013, Barbara has continued to work with nonprofit organizations as a Board member, volunteer, consultant, and supporter. She currently serves as a Trustee of The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, where she chairs the Board’s Development and Campaign Committee. As of fall, 2019, more than $52 million had been secured for the Campaign, mostly for the museum’s endowment.
Barbara lives in Washington, DC and Lewes, Delaware with her husband Bob, who retired from private law practice in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland in 2014.