Barry Silverberg has over 40 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.
Barry founded the Center for Nonprofit Studies at Austin Community College in 2000. He created the Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management in 2007, and with Lisa Bussett, Center Coordinator, has created other Certificates in Volunteer Management, Grant Writing, Effective Fundraising, Marketing and Promotion, and Cultural Leadership. He also created and taught Nonprofit Management and Leadership for St. Edward’s University’s Nonprofit Management Certificate for 15 years.
Currently co-Executive Producer of CNS’ Civil Society television and web podcast, Barry is also Secretary/ Treasurer of School of Thought, an international nonprofit that epitomizes his personal and professional focus. It is an online education platform that will provide courses, content, and other resources that teach creative and critical thinking skills to anyone and everyone, for free. By using the power of creativity to entertain, it aims to make learning how to think a fun and engaging experience, and fulfill a lifelong thirst for understanding and self-awareness.
Formerly Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations CEO and volunteer leader for 13 years, Barry helped build the organization into an influential entity. He 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.
Barry co-produced a 3.5 hour DVD on Strengthening Your Nonprofit Organization. He 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, and 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.
Passionate about promoting “strategic creativity” and fostering greater understanding and appreciation of the Nonprofit Sector, Barry has consulted with hundreds of area and state nonprofits and has been a leader in 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; and at conferences.
An active coach and mentor, Barry believes change emanates from passionate individuals moved by visions and dreams. He served as Executive Director of the American Creativity Association and 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.
He 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.