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Barbara Maynard - Executive Director

Barbara Maynard was a founding board member of the Horizon Institute and has recently  been tapped to serve as the Institute's Executive Director. 

A native of Northern California who has called Los Angeles home for more than two decades, Barbara is an emerging leader in the California progressive movement.

Barbara's work has spanned the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. After graduating from Columbia University in 1986, she began a decade-long career in municipal finance and equity markets, including five years on the floor of the Pacific Stock Exchange. Barbara balanced that work with grassroots leadership, directing volunteer expeditions to Mexico to build houses for homeless women and children.

She is founder and president of Maynard Consulting Services (MCS), a full-service consulting firm specializing in assisting progressive non-profit organizations with strategy, policy, public relations, and crisis management. Prior to starting MCS in 1996, she served as Director of Budget and Finance for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.

Barbara has established herself among progressive organizations as a "go to guru" on governmental budgets, municipal finance, and public policy. Working closely with elected officials and prominent progressive campaigns, she draws on a keen ability to translate complex policy jargon into easy to digest, politically persuasive messages and media sound bites.

In 2005, MCS helped convene and coordinate a coalition of unions, community, and faith-based organizations in a public persuasion campaign that successfully derailed California Governor Schwarzenegger's pension privation initiative before it could reach ballot.

She also plays a key role with the Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports, an alliance of environmental, labor, community and public health groups working to promote sustainable trade and cleaning up shipping emissions at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.

Most recently, Barbara served as director of the March for California's Future, a 48-day, 365-mile trek from Bakersfield to Sacramento. Barbara led a team that built coalitions and mobilized tens of thousands of Californians in the struggle to restore the California dream of quality public education and social services, an economy that works for all, and fair taxation.

Barbara is Vice Chair of the Miguel Contreras Foundation and a resource board member of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE). She resides in Los Angeles with her partner Jeff Burrage, her daughter Anya, and Jeff's two boys, Ethan and Carson.

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