was born and raised in Fresno. Her connection with nature has been constant, growing up with a family focused on the outdoors, whether it was backpacking, skiing, or simply enjoying the surrounding area. After studying for a Master’s in Public Administration and working with local governments, Barbara went on to earn a law degree at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Her early career with a law firm provided broad exposure to litigation cases including many involving environmental issues. After successfully handling her first solo trial, Barbara determined that she would be happier putting the pieces of the pie together, rather than sweeping up after it came apart. She moved to a large oil company building and financing private power plants. This was where she got her first hands-on experience with conservation issues. Her first assignment on arrival in 1990 was to find Kit Fox habitat as an offset for the land where a power plant was planned. She worked in the energy field for 10 years, traveling throughout the US and many Asian countries. Subsequent positions were at Bechtel Infrastructure (overseeing contracts on local and state-level construction projects throughout the U.S., Canada, and Central America), and Genentech (focused on construction and environmental issues, as well as business process). Now retired, Barbara was recruited to join the Audubon Board as Membership Chair shortly after she and her husband (Robert Snow) moved to Fresno. She birds with her husband whenever possible.