Application for Congressional Commission for Barbara Ann Stephens

Contact Information

Full Name

Barbara Ann Stephens

Eligible for commission

eligible

Party Affiliation

Democrat

Occupation

Retired. Will be uploading resume later.

Educational Background

MBA, MS in Human Resources Management, BA in Education. Completed all coursework for PhD in Public Administration (decided not to complete dissertation)

Zip Code

80003

Congressional District
7

Background

Past Political Activity

Election judge most elections until this year. During 2020, donated $20 to Rachel Zenzinger campaign, $25 to out of state campaign for Jaime Harrison

List of Political and Civic Organizations belonged to

Boulder Meeting of Friends (Quakers) currently serving as Clerk until May 2021; Next Door Lake Arbor and Lake Arbor HOA, Colorado Employment Retirees Association, BPW Northwest Metro

Organization and Advocacy Experience

Supervised several programs at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment in the 1970s to assist Handicapped Workers, Older Workers, Youth, and other Disadvantaged Workers in employment; Worked from 1984-2001 running the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program helping minority and woman-owned businesses become part of the contracting forces working with the Colorado Department of Transportation; Served as Associate Clerk and Clerk of the Boulder Meeting of Friends (Quakers) from 2018-2021

Statement

Basically, I grew up believing in 'one person, one vote' as a basis of our country's liberty and promise. I marched for civil rights in the 1960s; worked as a woman to advance in the 1970s and 1980s, and continue to work towards ensuring that promise for my grandchildren and future generations...and the commission has this same responsibility.

Statement on Working with Consensus

I began my career as an employment counselor, learning to listen to people looking for work and to their potential employers. Working at CDOT, I needed to help minority and woman owned businesses become part of a white-male dominated industry, which required listening to parties on all sides and help them to find commonalities. Now, as Clerk of Boulder Meeting of Friends, it is my job to listen to the entire Meeting in our business sessions and help us come to unity (or consensus)...because that is how we have traditionally made decisions since the 1600s. Sometimes, consensus takes a lot of time, and it invariably is the best way to go, because we've already handled the second-guessing BEFORE the decision! I tend to look at all sides and as much info as I can get before making a decision. II listen for the emotion as well as the facts...because emotions can push behavior, which is another kind of fact that it's important to take into consideration. I have a reputation for being fair.

Relevant Analytic Skills for Commission

My degrees demonstrate analytical skills. My experience in civil rights and religious communities demonstrates that I bring listening skills, thought and caring towards group solutions.

Demographics

Racial categories the applicant identifies with:
Caucasian
Applicant identifies with the following gender

Female