Barry is an experienced leader with a strong record of developing and implementing programs that balance the needs of people with a thriving and resilient environment. He has expertise in addressing large-scale terrestrial and marine conservation issues, as well as climate change. He has significant international experience, including work in Canada, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Western Pacific.
Barry held leadership positions at the Walton Family Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Prior to this, he held senior positions with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Committee on Science in the U.S. House of Representatives. And, before that, he held senior positions at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2017 National Champion of the Ocean Award from Monmouth University, past recipients have included Christy Todd Whitman and Leon Panetta. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for “…enhancing scientific literacy in the electorate, academia, agencies, and philanthropic organizations, and for training the next generation of leaders at the science-policy interface.”
Barry is skilled at facilitating diverse groups to develop solutions to complex problems. He has served on or led numerous Boards, including serving as President of the Board for the Biodiversity Funders Group. He holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Miami, an M.S. in ecology from the University of Connecticut, an M.A. in political science, from George Washington University, and a D.Sc. from Washington University in St. Louis.