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

And We Sing Well, Too

Melinda Marble

Guest Author · Former Deputy Director

Last spring, Barr got some challenging feedback from grantees. Interim Executive Director Melinda Marble shares what we have been doing in response.

December 23, 2013 | Category: Barr News

Announcing Barr’s First President

Melinda Marble

Guest Author · Former Deputy Director

With great excitement, we announce that Jim Canales will join the Barr Foundation as president in May 2014.

November 20, 2013 | Category: Barr News

From Urban Wasteland to Great Neighborhood

Emily Sidla

Emily Sidla

Program Associate, Climate

Since 2005, when the MBTA abandoned its Bartlett Yard bus facility, the 8.5-acre site in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood had become an urban wasteland. Thanks to a unanimous vote earlier this fall by the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the site's transformation into a mixed-use, smart growth development took a big step forward.

November 19, 2013 | Category: Climate

Three Keys to Breakthrough on Complex Social Contract Issues

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

When complicated politics and old wounds keep deep-sixing change efforts, what does it take to get to a new outcome? A recent breakthrough in Boston suggests a template.

October 24, 2013 | Category: Education

The Biggest Team Effort in Boston History

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

How much difference would it make in a city if its business and other leaders signed on to aggressive goals to address climate change, and led by example in their sectors?

October 03, 2013 | Category: Climate

Youth Make Voices Heard and Vision Clear Through The Arts

Lauren Woody

Guest Author · Former Program Assistant

As the mayoral race in Boston heats up, there have been plenty of forums to hear from candidates.

October 02, 2013 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Barr Grantees Setting Tables for Robust Civic Engagement

Boston's mayoral race has ignited a vigorous debate about the city and its future.

September 27, 2013 | Category: Arts & Creativity

A Tale of Two Peaks we Must Climb

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

Reducing GHG emissions 20% by 2020 is no easy task. Yet, 80% by 2050 is whole new kind of undertaking. How different are these two goals?

September 24, 2013 | Category: Climate

Study Probes Consequences of Poor Transportation Options on Low-income Latinos

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

A new study takes a deep look at the heavy toll of poor transportation options on one of the fastest growing populations in Massachusetts – low-income Latinos - and it recommends a path towards change that means greater prosperity for them and for low-income and working families across the state.

August 12, 2013 | Category: Climate

Education Week Features Boston Center Creating Second Chances for Dropouts

Rahn Dorsey

Guest Author · Former Evaluation Director & Program Officer

Thanks to concerted efforts on dropout prevention, high school graduation rates in the U.S. are the highest they have been since the 1970's, yet every year roughly one million high school students still leave without a degree.

August 07, 2013 | Category: Education