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Woodstock Institute selects Barbara Lacker-Ware as Director of Development

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Barbara Lacker-Ware has been selected as Woodstock Institute’s Director of Development and will begin her new role on July 1, 2021. Based in Chicago, the organization was founded in 1973. Woodstock Institute initially focused on conducting research, training, and education about public and private policy alternatives that would diminish discriminatory housing and investment patterns in the Chicago metropolitan area.  

Woodstock Institute’s current mission is to “create a just financial system in which lower-wealth persons and communities and people and communities of color can achieve economic security and community prosperity.” Their team is working to create an economy where everyone has access to the resources and the financial services they need to flourish and succeed, both locally and nationally. 

Core to Barbara’s value system is Woodstock Institute’s focus on economic security and racial equity, which have been a constant thread through her career to date including her most recent role at La Casa Norte. She has also served as a grant writer for organizations such as St. Ann’s Community, Take Back the Land, Young Women’s College Prep Charter School, and YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County (NY). 

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