Barbara’s first job was as a delivery girl for the NY daily news when she was 11 years old, and she’s been delivering the news ever since. Barbara is a seasoned media relations expert and media trainer, with extensive experience advising on high profile media strategy, crisis communications, and strategic government and community relations for clients across the public and advocacy sectors.
Most recently she was Director for Press and Communications for Governor Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery, where she served as chief spokesperson for policies related to Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Previously, Barbara served as chief social services spokesperson for Mayor Michael Bloomberg. She was appointed as Executive Deputy Commissioner for Communications at the NYC Human Resources Administration in 2006, and Deputy Commissioner for External Affairs and Communications at the NYC Department of Homeless Services in 2010. In addition to communications, Barbara oversaw government relations for the NYC Department of Homeless Services
Barbara received a BA in Art History from NYU and an MA in Women’s Studies and Sociology at Rutgers. In her free time, Barbara can be found cooking, gardening, and writing. She received critical acclaim for her documentary Cropsey, which premiered in the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and currently can be found on Netflix.