Barry Silverberg

Director, Center for Nonprofit Studies at ACC

Barry Silverberg, Director, Center for Nonprofit Studies at Austin Community College – which he founded – and co-Principal, Silverberg Associates, has over 40 years of experience in nonprofit professional and volunteer leadership, management, resource development, and communications; focusing on nonprofit governance, strategic thinking, board engagement, professional and organizational development, and public policy awareness and advocacy. Known as a passionate advocate of the local and Texas nonprofit sector, he founded the Center for Nonprofit Studies at Austin Community College in 2000, which he continues to lead as its Director and created and teaches the gateway course for St. Edward’s University’s Nonprofit Management Certificate. Also the creator of ACC’s Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management Certificate in 2007, he continues to serve as both its administrator and as a faculty member.  More recently he created and serves as co-Executive Producer of Civil Society, a television program that explores issues in which the nonprofit sector is engaged.

He has consulted with hundreds of area and state nonprofits and is sought after to facilitate his Strategic Thinking Leadership Gathering that focuses on Board engagement to create and sustain highly effective Boards and organizations.  Formerly Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations CEO and volunteer leader for 13 years, Barry helped build the organization into an influential entity throughout Texas and nationally. Serving on two Texas Legislature task forces, he led the groups to recommend and then worked to establish the Texas Nonprofit Council. He also served as co-chair of the National Council of Nonprofits Task Force on Government Contracting.

Passionate about promoting “strategic creativity” and fostering greater understanding and appreciation of the Nonprofit Sector, Barry is a strong advocate of ensuring creativity and credibility among and between nonprofit organizations and the government and business sectors. An active coach and mentor, he believes change emanates from passionate individuals and that the world is moved by visions and dreams.

He also shares his insights and perspectives with foreign delegations sponsored by the United States Department of State, and at conferences.  He is also a 1998 graduate of the Dispute Resolution Center of Travis County’s 40 hour state required mediation course.
Barry also co-produced a 3.5 hour DVD on Strengthening Your Nonprofit Organization. He has also 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, Thinking Strategically Will Achieve That Purpose with Michael Dore. He wrote the Forward to The Courage to Lead, An Essential Guide for Volunteer Leaders, Board Trustees, and Public Servants by Robert Floyd.