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About Barbara

Barbara works with communities, organizations, and individuals to help them create a pathway to their desired results. She specializes in sustainable community development and democracy building. She has worked in Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Georgia, Greece, Jordan, Moldova, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Vietnam and the US and has traveled extensively. She has been a comprehensive planner and specialized in alternative energy and transportation and infrastructure. She has published more than 100 papers and four books including : Joyful Journey; Sharing the Road from Vietnam to Italy and Joyful Journey Two: Sharing the Road from Georgia to Brazil.

Additional publications 

Engaging Community Hearts, Minds and Spirit: Leadership for a Sustainable World. 2017. 

Changing Seasons: Letters from Armenia, 2006. 

“Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals: The Missing Link” Armenia Public Administration S c i e n t i f i c j o u r n a l. 2/2020. ISSN 1829-0167

 “Implementation of the SDGs: The Missing Link.” For presentation at the IASIA Conference,, Lisbon, Portugal, July, 2019.

 “Leadership for SDG Implementation,” for presentation at IIAS Conference, Tunis, Tunisia, 2018.

“Engaging Community Hearts, Minds and Spirit in Sustainable Development, presented at International Conference on Sustainable Development, New York City, 2018.

“Linking Communities and Government for Social and Economic Development:  in Albania worked with Government to change minds and improve conditions,” Journal of the Public Administration Academy, Yerevan, Armenia, 2013.  

 “Fostering Democracy and Good Governance,” Public Administration Times International Supplement, March, 2008.

 “Engaging Communities: Albania as an Example,” Public Administration Times, February, 2008.

 “Rethinking Decentralization: A Strategic Approach,” proceedings of the 2002 Conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration, June, 2002.

“Old Values: New Mental Models: Sustainable Development and Civil Society in the Former Soviet Union: the Armenian Example,” in Proceedings, Symposium on Sustainable Development and a New System of Societal Values, Schloss, Austria, December, 2001.

“Facilitating Community Change,” for Manual on: Citizen Participation in the Decision-making Process at the Local Level in CEE Countries: Concepts and Practices, People’s Voice Project, Yaremche, Ukraine, November, 2001.

“The Role of Civil Society in Sustainable Development for the NIS: The Armenian Example,” proceedings of the International Institute for Administrative Sciences conference in Athens, Greece, July, 2001.

"How Structural Conflicts Stymie Reinventing Government," Public Administration Review, Vol. 57, No. 2, March/April, 1997.

"Sustainable Communities and Open Focus Leadership," Sustainable Futures, Fall 1993.

“The State Versus Pele: Structure and Leadership in Geothermal Development,”  Environmental Impact Assessment Review  (1991, 11:333-352 ).

“Open Focus: A Community Development Model,” Journal of the Community Development Society, Spring, 1991.

“Open Focus: Implementing Projects in Multi-Organizational Settings, International Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 11, No. 4, 1988.

(with Carol Kovach and Myrna P. Mandell), “A New Public Sector Based Model of Strategic Management for Cities,” Occasional Paper Series, Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management of the American Society for Public Administration, No. 3, 1988.

“An Open Focus Framework for Strategic Plan Implementation in Public-Private Partnerships,” The Western Governmental Researcher, Vol. III, No. 1, Summer, 1987.

“Collaborative Leadership in Strategic Planning: A Case Study in Alameda, California, (unpublished paper).

  “Governor Challenges Assessment of Future,” Public Administration Times, December 1, 1984.



PhD, University of Colorado at Denver, CO. 1988

Public administration with an emphasis on community development, planning and policy. Dissertation shows framework for successful implementation of goals in complex arenas. 

Bachelor of General Studies, Chaminade University, Honolulu, HI. 1974

Major sociology

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