Hear from staff and partners about aspirations, accomplishments, and lessons learned along the way.

Student Feedback During COVID Is Inspiring Schools to Do High School Differently

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Ali Gross

Program Officer, Education

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Dylan Everett

Program Associate, Education

Three themes from survey responses, and examples of how our partner schools are responding.

September 16, 2021 | Category: Education

Investing in Leadership for Racial Equity

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Roger Nozaki

Vice President for Strategy and Programs, Barr Foundation

A call for new models and approaches to leadership development with racial equity at the center.

September 13, 2021 | Category: Racial Equity

Designing Employee Leave Policies that Reflect Our Values

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Pouya Shahbodaghi

Enterprise Applications Manager

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Mary Chalifour

Acting Director of Communications

What we learned from reviewing our employee handbook through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

August 25, 2021 | Category: Racial Equity

Developing Principles for Racial Equity in Grantmaking

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Roger Nozaki

Vice President for Strategy and Programs, Barr Foundation

Barr's Vice President shares new principles to guide the Foundation's racial equity grantmaking and program strategies.

August 19, 2021 | Category: Racial Equity

Barr and TNTP Announce New RFP for Districts to Attract and Retain Talented Educators of Color

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Arlene Sukran

Guest Author · Vice President Northeast, TNTP

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Kate Dobin

Senior Program Officer, Education

New England school districts can apply for free landscape analyses to help understand and improve the diversity of their educator workforces.

August 10, 2021 | Category: Education

Barr Seeks Senior Program Officer for Clean Energy

Working closely with the Director of Climate, the Senior Program Officer for Clean Energy will collaborate with partners across the Northeast to advance equity-centered solutions to climate change.

August 03, 2021 | Category: Climate

Lessons from the Pandemic for Building Resilience

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Penn Loh

Guest Author · Associate Chair, Senior Lecturer, Tufts University, Department of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning

A new report calls for investing in approaches that are people focused, intersectional, institutional, and rooted in anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice.

July 21, 2021 | Category: Climate

Mark Edwards Joins Barr Board of Trustees

Expansion of Foundation’s board continues with addition of veteran nonprofit leader.

July 06, 2021 | Category: Barr News

How Grantmakers and Governments Moved Quickly to Transform Public Spaces

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Lisa Jacobson

Senior Program Officer, Mobility, Barr Foundation

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Katherine Fichter

Guest Author · Assistant Secretary, MassDOT

The COVID pandemic pushed Massachusetts cities and towns to rethink their public spaces. It also pushed us as funders to rethink how we do our work.

July 01, 2021 | Category: Mobility

Why A Diverse Teacher Workforce Matters

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Arlene Sukran

Guest Author · Vice President Northeast, TNTP

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Kate Dobin

Senior Program Officer, Education

Barr and TNTP discuss the critical role diverse educator workforces play in advancing equity and highlight a new funding opportunity for New England schools.

June 30, 2021 | Category: Education