Barbie Mayer has worn many different “hats” since graduating in the mid-sixties with a BA in English from Connecticut College. Starting out in NYC, four years were spent in publishing, first with Doubleday and Company, then Harcourt Brace. Barbie then headed to Europe with her husband and infant son for fifteen years, the first three spent in Italy (where a daughter joined the family), the next twelve in London. Two different interests and involvements emerged there–one teaching dance to children at the Ann Rawstrone School of Modern Dance; the second exploring alternative/complementary health modalities, including nutrition, shiatsu, and yoga, becoming a teacher of Iyengar yoga. Upon returning to the U.S., Barbie spent a year at the Swedish Institute in New York, graduating as a licensed massage therapist. At the same time, she also started volunteering at a United Way Agency called Community Answers, an information and referral service for her hometown. Over twenty-five years, she has assumed the roles of volunteer coordinator, board chair, and publications committee writer. Additionally, she has become a major supporter of The Hunger Project, based in New York City, and board president of her family foundation, whose focus is on seeking out and funding entrepreneurial efforts to effect social change at the grassroots level. Expanding on that philosophy, Barbie has become involved with No Labels, the grassroots political organization focused on bipartisan solutions to the nation’s problems.