Barry Silverberg has nearly 50 years of nonprofit professional and volunteer leadership, management, resource development, and communications experience focusing on nonprofit governance, strategic thinking, board engagement, professional and organizational development, and public policy awareness and advocacy.
An active coach and mentor, Barry enjoys helping individuals considering careers in the Nonprofit Sector and those seeking new approaches and solutions to society’s challenges by creating and building new organizations. He believes change emanates from passionate individuals moved by visions and dreams.
Passionate about promoting “strategic creativity” and fostering greater understanding and appreciation of the Nonprofit Sector, Barry has consulted with hundreds of area, state, national, and international nonprofits and has served as a leader within dozens of nonprofit organizations. A strong advocate of ensuring creativity and credibility among and between nonprofit organizations and the government and business sectors, Barry created and facilitates his Strategic Thinking Leadership Gatherings that focus on Board engagement to create and sustain highly effective Boards and organizations. He also shares his perspective with foreign delegations sponsored by the United States Department of State.
Barry founded Nonprofit Austin | Center for Nonprofit Studies at Austin Community College in 2000. He created its first Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management in 2007, and with his colleagues have created numerous other certificates focused on the key competencies required of nonprofit leaders. More recently, he developed Nonprofit Austin’s CommunitySpace, which leverage’s ACC’s assets to benefit area nonprofits, including office and co-working space, meeting rooms, a Grant Research Center, a Nonprofit Reference Library, and organizational development consulting services.
Barry has been interested in nonprofit professional and volunteer education since before his graduate school days. He created and taught Nonprofit Management and Leadership for St. Edward’s University’s Nonprofit Management Certificate for 15 years.
During his professional career, Barry served as President and CEO of the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations (TANO) and as the Executive Director of the American Creativity Association. Prior to joining Austin Community College, Barry had a 23-year career as Executive Director/ CEO of Jewish Federations in Syracuse, NY and Austin, TX. He has a master’s degree in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University (1977) and a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in Judaic Studies.
While at ACC, Barry created, produced, and served as moderator of Civil Society television and web podcast that addressed issues of interest and concern within the nonprofit sector including fostering a greater sense of belonging, purpose, and inclusion of historically marginalized communities. He co-produced a 3.5-hour DVD on Strengthening Your Nonprofit Organization and contributed to the authorship of two books: Conflict to Mediation, A Process for Mediating Group Differences with Dr. Garry McDaniel; and Thinking Strategically within Nonprofits, Every Organization Is Created for a Purpose, and Thinking Strategically Will Achieve That Purpose with Michael Dore. He wrote the Forward for The Courage to Lead, An Essential Guide for Volunteer Leaders, Board Trustees, and Public Servants by Robert Floyd.
Believing nonprofit leaders should actively and boldly educate the public and legislators about our values and needs, Barry served on two Texas Legislature task forces and led the groups to recommend and then work to establish the Texas Nonprofit Council. During this time, he was appointed co-chair of the National Council of Nonprofits Task Force on Government Contracting.
Among his volunteer activities, Barry is Secretary of School of Thought, an international nonprofit that epitomizes his personal and professional focus. It is a free online education platform that will provide courses, content, and other resources that teach creative and critical thinking skills to anyone and everyone.