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
    Protection Agency.
  • In 2009, she was awarded the "Publication of Enduring Quality" by the American Agricultural and Applied
    Economics Association.
  • 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.

"As both a published children's book author and a professional economist, Barbara's breadth of interest and understanding has always impressed me. She is genuinely committed to a strong and broad educational experience for all students in Arlington."
-- 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:

  • co-chair and vice-chair of the Early Childhood Advisory Committee,
  • a member of the Math Advisory Committee,
  • a classroom volunteer, providing one-on-one reading support, hands-on science assistance, and gifted math instruction,
  • a middle school science fair judge,
  • liaison to the Arlington Outdoor Lab,
  • Odyssey of the Mind school coordinator and coach for seven years, supporting teams to the state and world finals,
  • an assistant coach for Babe Ruth Baseball, and
  • program director for the Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation in Washington DC, creating programs for high school sophomores at every high school, both public and private, in the District.

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.