Barbara Fife served as Director of External Affairs at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs, and co-director of the School’s Center for Innovation and Leadership in Government. She has recently retired. From 1990-1994 Ms. Fife was New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Planning and Development. Her areas of responsibility included the Departments of City Planning, Environmental Protection, Housing Preservation and Development, Parks and Recreation, Landmarks Preservation, Cultural Affairs and Public Libraries. She was a member of the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and chair of its Real Estate Committee, a member of the NYC Water Board, and vice-chair of the Hudson River Park Conservancy.
Ms. Fife previously was senior advisor and acting Chief of Staff to the Manhattan Borough President. From 1982-1984 she was Director of Internship Programs in the Department of Urban Planning at Hunter College. She was a Democratic National Committeewoman from 1980 to 1990 and was a member of the New York State Democratic Committee for 20 years. She is on the board of several non-profit organizations in addition to NYLCV; these include: Regional Plan Association, the Museum of the City of New York, Project FIND, and Manhattan Theatre Club. She graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College and holds a Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College.