2020 recipient of the Aileen Osborn Webb Award for Philanthropy Barbara Waldman is a passionate advocate for the field of craft and design. She currently serves as a trustee of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, where she is a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Marketing Committee. She is past board chair and now life trustee of the American Craft Council, and past board chair and now director emeritus of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco.
Barbara is a founding and former board member of the Art Jewelry Forum where she continues to be an active committee member. She is a former director of the Founders' Circle, Mint Museum of Craft + Design (Charlotte, North Carolina), and the James Renwick Alliance, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC).
Now retired, Barbara was principal of a firm marketing the services of interior designers and architects. Prior to that, her background includes many years in the corporate world working in strategic planning and marketing for the financial services and industrial products industries.
Also involved in community service, Barbara is a long-time Steering Committee member of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) San Francisco. She is a sustaining member of the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary and a past member of the AIDS Leadership Council at the University of California San Francisco. A lifelong fan of the performing arts, Barbara enjoys theater, cabaret, and symphony whenever she is able to attend.
Barbara is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Business School Program for Management Development. Her primary residence is in San Francisco.