Barbara Hall, MCP

Since 2000 Barbara Hall has worked with leading community development corporations and nonprofit organizations on an array of initiatives, including workforce development, micro- and small business assistance, and economic policy research, in major metro areas across the country.  

She has shared her knowledge and expertise with smaller, emerging grassroots groups as well as established national and statewide organizations to further build and strengthen their vital economic development programs and services; reach, organize, and mobilize marginalized communities to advocate for fair and just economic policies at the local, state, and federal level; form and sustain strategic cross –sector partnerships; and plan and implement their work in new and innovative ways.

In her role as a consultant, Ms. Hall has helped organizations explore and examine strategies to connect lower income Latinos and other communities of color of San Diego County to career pathways in the allied health care and the “green” construction industries.  She assisted Hire America’s Heroes create industry specific career pipeline projects which will help transitioning service members transfer their military occupational skills and experiences to civilian jobs in manufacturing, health care, and IT.  

She has worked with Faith Action for Community Equity, in Hawaii to expand career pathway opportunities for Pacific Islander immigrant women in the state’s fastest growing industry, home health care, including developing a statewide worker-owned home care cooperative business and policy advocacy to reduce the systemic barriers faced by this population with accessing training, certification, and employment. She has also assisted the Interfaith Committee for Workers Justice of San Diego County sustain its efforts to improve working conditions for low wage service workers such as security officers, janitors, and hotel workers throughout the region.

Ms. Hall’s clients also include the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, a national intermediary organization that represents over 100  member nonprofits and practitioners and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) California, a faith-rooted organization engaged in mobilizing diverse stakeholders to engage businesses and policy makers on economic development issues.  

As a consultant for BAME Community Development Corporation, an emerging nonprofit in San Diego, she has developed small business assistance initiatives and has helped the group secure support from the city’s Business Improvement District (BID) and Wells Fargo to implement entrepreneurial workshops with the Kaufmann Foundation’s Fastrack curriculum.  

Ms. Hall has also worked with veteran-serving workforce development organizations such as the National Veterans Transition Services, Inc., the Gamaliel Foundation, Excellence and Justice in Education Academies Charter Schools, Better World Advertising (a social marketing firm), UCLA Asian American Studies Center, Genesis, the MAAC Project, Izcalli (a Latino youth development organization), and Village of Hope.  

Ms. Hall has a wealth of experience working and engaging diverse populations across the country. Throughout her career she has worked with organizations that are led by and serve African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, limited English proficient immigrants and refugees; lower income Whites; veterans; children and youth; seniors; disabled individuals with special needs; small business owners, and children of incarcerated individuals.  She has helped these and other groups secure over $20 million in grant funding from public agencies and foundations.  

Prior to consulting, Ms. Hall worked as the Development and Finance Director for the Center on Policy Initiatives in San Diego and the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice.  She also served as the National Relationship Director for the Adult Literacy Media Alliance; managed a national HUD-sponsored technical assistance program for Asian Americans for Equality in New York City which supported immigrant and refugee organizations across the country with  initiating and implementing affordable housing and community development programs; and provided and  facilitated technical assistance to a network of CDCs as a staff member of the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership (ANDP).

Early in her career she worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as an assistant project manager for the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, one the region’s leading CDCs and economic development organizations.  She engaged in research to develop an economic profile of the Oakland’s Chinatown community for this group. She also worked Rubicon Programs, a group that specializes in supportive housing and workforce development for special needs populations, and was introduced to various models of nonprofit social enterprises which employ “hard-to-serve” populations of veterans, disabled individuals, and individuals with substance abuse issues.

Ms. Hall completed training in outcome-based approaches to program design and evaluation at the Rensselaerville Institute through a Ford Foundation-sponsored “human capital” development initiative.  

She holds Bachelor’s degrees in History and Anthropology from San Francisco State University where she graduated with honors as well as a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley with an emphasis on local economic and community development.  

She is a graduate of the Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California’s Fellowship for People of Color in Affordable Housing Development program and has served on the board of City Heights CDC, a San Diego organization working towards the economic empowerment of one of California’s most ethnically diverse communities.

Barbara Hall, MCP Principal Consultant, Coastal Collaborative Consultants

Barbara Hall, MCP

Principal Consultant, Coastal Collaborative Consultants

San Francisco, California, United States

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Housing & Community Design

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