Barber is a public policy consultant in education legislation
with a particular interest in social justice. Her professional
career began as an engineer at Rocketdyne, where she designed rocket
engine components and pioneered the use of computers in design. She
was president of 31st District PTA (Los Angeles) where she was
instrumental in establishing school-based health clinics and child
care programs. She served on the boards of the California PTA, Los
Angeles County United Way, and the L.A. Educational Partnership.
More recently she represented the Los Angeles Unified School
District as a legislative advocate in Washington, D.C. and at the CA
State Board of Education. During her youth Ms. Barber taught piano,
was a church organist, played piano in a Dixieland jazz band, and
was oboist with the San Fernando Valley Symphony.