Barbara Paradiso is the Director for the Center and Program on Domestic Violence at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver. Barbara has worked on behalf of battered women and their children for more than twenty two years as an advocate, administrator and activist. Prior to her position at CU, she served as the Director of Domestic Violence Programs for the Sunshine Lady Foundation of North Carolina. For twelve years, from 1985-1997, Barbara was the Executive Director of Boulder County Safehouse. Barbara has been active in the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence as Co-Chair of the organization, Chair of the Legislative, Membership, Queer Advocacy and Finance Committees. She is currently on the Board of Boulder County Advocates for Transitional Housing and is Treasurer of the Board for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Barbara has presented and provided consultation to organizations on a state, local and national level on effective non-profit administration, as well as, topics related to violence against women and children.