Barry Barker has been Executive Director of the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) since 1994. His team-based approach to management and a customer-focused approach to service have resulted in increased ridership and service innovations that have received national recognition. As a veteran with over 30 years of public transit experience, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Easter Seals, and the NAACP have honored Barry for his work to ensure diversity in the workplace and accessible transportation. TARC received the 2004 Labor Management award, 2004 Kentuckiana Works Education-Friendly Employer of the Year award and the Kentucky Psychological Association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award in 2002 and 2003.
Barry has served on the Metro United Way Board since 1995, currently serves as Board president of the Americana Community Center and the Center for Non-Profit Excellence, and previously Chair of Kentuckians for Better Transportation. He serves on the Executive Committee for the Transportation Research Board and Chair’s the Transit Research Analysis Committee (TRAC) and the National Transit Institute Board. Barry served as an at-large Delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. The American Public Transportation Association named Barry Outstanding Public Transportation Manager in 2007.
Barry is the immediate past Vice Chair of Governmental Affairs for APTA and past Chair of the 2010 Metro United Way Campaign. Barry currently serves as Chair of the Metro United Way Board of Directors and Transit Research Analysis Committee (TRAC). Barry holds a BS in Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MPA from Cleveland State University.