Barbara Jessie-Black

Barbara Jessie-Black



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Barbara is a “Military Brat” (once a “Brat” always a “Brat), who was born in Berlin, Germany, where she lived until age 16. She received her BBA from Augusta University in Augusta, GA, and received her MBA from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Barbara is passionate about nonprofit work and became co-founder of a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to search for innovative ways to achieve socio-economic equalities in communities through holistic and entrepreneurship based education, to include education in “21st Century Jobs” technology and the STEM model. She is active in both the communities in which she lives and works by serving on several boards and volunteering her time to causes close to her heart, which include workforce and economic development; access to health care; issues of equity, diversity and inclusion, as well as other issues in the social justice space. Barbara considers herself a “life-long student” of all things holistic and spiritual, with emphasis on how those concepts influence one’s activism. She is fluent in German, a yoga enthusiast, and includes in her spiritual practice daily meditation and annual silent retreats. Barbara has been a part of the team since 2004.

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