Barbara Major is a community organizer and trainer with over thirty years experience in many local, national, and international community development efforts. This work includes everything from nurturing leadership development efforts within local communities to assisting institutions in developing strategies to de-institutionalize racism.
Originally trained in Sociology, Barbara is a native of New Orleans and Franklinton Louisiana. Until Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Major served as the chair of the St. Thomas/Irish Channel Consortium, a nationally acclaimed model for holistic community and institutional transformation. For 12 years she was Executive Director of the community driven and controlled St. Thomas Health Clinic. To this day, the St. Thomas continues to serve the Greater New Orleans underserved and underinsured population.
She is a core trainer for The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. She connects her local organizing to training in anti-racism for people and institutions that live in or work with struggling communities.
Ms. Major served as Co-Chair of the Mayor of New Orleans’ Bring Back New Orleans Commission. She is a co-founder and President/CEO for Citizens United for Economic Equity, a CDFI small business lending institution. The organization was founded by New Orleanians to ensure equitable African American community participation in the rebuilding of New Orleans.
Barbara served as acting past president of the Regional Transit Authority and is currently the Chairperson of its Board of Directors. She is also on the board of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA). Ms Major’s latest published work is titled “Building a Net that Works” in the book State of The Race. She has received numerous awards and citations for her achievements, but says “her family” is the greatest award that God has given her.