Barbara and her husband Kevin Wolf have lived in Arlington for over 20 years. They have two boys, Fred and Markus, who are life-long Arlingtonians and Arlington Public Schools students. Barbara’s professional background and record of school and community engagement give her a unique set of strengths to bring to the Arlington School Board.
Barbara is an award-winning Ph.D. economist:
- She has 25 years of experience working with data, statistics, and sustainability issues.
- She has subcontracted with many federal agencies, such as NOAA, the National Park Service, and the Environmental
- In 2009, she was awarded the "Publication of Enduring Quality" by the American Agricultural and Applied
- She is a former assistant professor at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Barbara is a children’s book author:
- Her picture book, A Story with Pictures, was judged a “Picture Book We Admire” by the Children's Literature Network.
- She has published stories and articles in children's magazines, such as Highlights for Children and Fun for Kidz.
- She has written early readers and textbook material for curriculum companies, such as Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Core Knowledge Foundation, and Kaeden Books.
- She has visited schools and libraries all over the DC area and beyond, sharing a love of reading and writing with young people and their teachers.
-- Amy White, APS parent, author and journalist
Barbara is heavily involved in the community. She has served on:
- the Arlington County Board's Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee,
- the Arlington County School Board's Advisory Council on Instruction,
- the Data Committee for the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families, and
- the Board of the Youth Ultimate League of Arlington.
Barbara is also a 20-year volunteer for children and schools. She has served as:
Barbara is a Democratic activist:
- She founded and chaired Arlington/Alexandria Women for Obama, which she grew into an active network of 600 grassroots volunteers working to get the president and Democrats elected in Arlington and statewide.
- She led the statewide effort to collect the 10,000 signatures required by state law to put President Obama on the 2012 ballot for re-election in Virginia.
- She was elected delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
- She was active in the Aneesh Chopra for Lieutenant Governor and Mark Herring for Attorney General campaigns.
- She has volunteered for the Arlington County Democratic Committee for 10 years, delivering the ACDC Messenger, phone banking, and greeting voters at polling places all over Arlington.