Barbara has been with the U.S. Department of State for 30 years and is the Division Chief for Biodiversity in the Office of Conservation and Water in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Barbara is an expert multilateral negotiator with more than two decades of experience and her portfolio includes the issues of biodiversity, desertification, endangered species, invasive species, migratory birds, parks and protected areas, pollinators, sustainable tourism, and wetlands. She is the U.S. National Focal Point for the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Before assuming her current position in 2011, Barbara worked for nearly 15 years as a lead U.S. negotiator in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and prior to that she was responsible for international parental child abduction and international adoption matters in the Bureau of Consular Affairs. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Policy and Practice and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Affairs, both from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is an avid gardener, focusing on native plants, and her Northern Virginia garden is certified by multiple conservation NGOs.