Barbara Hartford

Barbara Hartford’s career in nonprofit management has taken her to The Hunger Project, San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences. In 1997 she joined the staff of United Religions Initiative. At URI she has managed the start-up areas of Operations and Financial Management, Human Resources, and Communications/PR. She is now the director of Peacebuilding Initiatives and is focused on launching the Traveling Peace Academy to deliver trainings throughout the URI network.  She produced the URI Interfaith Peacebuilding Guide, a confluence of the principles of URI with pioneering conflict transformation and appreciative methodologies, co-authored with interfaith peace activists including Mohammed Abu-Nimer and Cynthia Sampson. Another highlight was creating a two-year URI pilot program in Moral Imagination, taught by John Paul Lederach for community activist peacebuilders from Uganda, Ethiopia, India, and the Philippines. Barbara also serves as photo editor for URI’s website and Communications.