Barbara Barker joined the Torrance Area League for the Health Study in 1991. She has served on the Board as Public Relations Director, Health Director, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, and as co-president in 2002-2003, 2005-2007 and as President 2007-2008. She has been a member of the LWVC Health Care Committee for the past four years and is also a member of the Health Care 4US nationwide group. Barbara has been involved in many aspects of her local league including fundraising, pros and cons, candidate forums and the League’s participation in community events.
For Barbara, the League’s non-partisanship and careful study process is the reason she admires our organization. She had enjoyed the challenges offered by the League, the leadership qualities that it develops and the wonderful mentors she has met along the way.
Barbara was initially interested in joining the League because of her interest in one specific area: "an acquaintance I had made through work told me about the League of Women Voters and a health study they were beginning, asking me to join and take part". Read how her involvement developed from there to the role she plays today.
Retired from an interesting administrative job with the City of Torrance’s Community Services Department, Barbara served as office manager, clerical staff coordinator, software advisor, speechwriter, protocol specialist, event planner and human relations specialist. She holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. In her first year of retirement, she refurbished a small cabin in Big Bear and she is currently working on remodeling plans for a larger home in the same area. Recently widowed, she lives in Lomita, and works part-time as a travel guide for the Torrance Travelers.