About the Director

Barbara Turk
Barbara Turk

Barbara Turk is New York City's Director of Food Policy. Prior to her appointment in April 2014, she was a Senior Fellow at Community Resource Exchange, where she also served for several years on the board of directors. Prior to joining CRE in April 2007, Barbara was the Executive Director of the YWCA of Brooklyn. Barbara was also Director of HIV CARE Services for the Medical and Health Research Association (now Public Health Solutions), where she and her colleagues administered federal grant funds to New York City for services for people living with HIV and AIDS. Before that she spent almost ten years in city government, as a policy advisor to City Council President Carol Bellamy and Manhattan Borough President David Dinkins. She was Deputy Director for Health and Human Services in the New York City Office of Management and Budget under Mayor Dinkins. She graduated from Goddard College in 1979, and earned a Masters Degree in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in 2007.