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Barbara Chen

Director of External Affairs, Cities of Service


Barbara leads External Affairs for Cities of Service, a national nonprofit that supports mayors and other city chief executive officers to leverage the power of citizen volunteers and community leaders to make meaningful progress on priority areas from sustainability and neighborhood revitalization to youth and education. She joined the team from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Government Innovation Practice and previously served as director of media relations for the NYPD, where she facilitated executive interviews and press around major event and multi-agency initiatives with federal, state, local, and private-secotr partners from 2007 to 2014. She became active with national nonprofits in 2004 as New York Vice President for the Asian American Journalists Association and has provided pro-bono marketing communications counsel to nonprofits, including Just Food, through Taproot Foundation since 2009.