Grub’s Executive Director Named 2019 Barr Foundation Fellow


We’re proud to announce that our very own Founder and Executive Director, Eve Bridburg, has been named a Barr Foundation Fellow.  The Fellowship’s purpose is to celebrate exceptional leaders and to cultivate a network of civic leaders committed to our city.  

Barr Fellows are selected on the basis of their exemplary leadership, organizational impact, and track record of partnership and collaboration. In particular, the Barr Foundation seeks to include leaders and organizations who partner with and build the capacity of those whose leadership has been under-represented in our region.

Over the course of two years, the 12 members of the 2019 Class of Barr Fellows will participate in a group learning journey, a three-month sabbatical, and facilitated retreats. GrubStreet will also receive an award of $125,000 to support Eve’s participation in the Fellowship, leadership and organizational development at GrubStreet, and the exploration of new ideas.

“The Fellows will benefit from the cohort’s diversity in background, perspectives, and experiences,” said Kimberly Haskins, Senior Program Officer at the Barr Foundation. “We are excited to support leaders and organizations working across multiple sectors, which can help break down silos in approaches, broaden thinking, and lead to innovative ideas and strategies on important community issues.”


“This is a huge honor for me personally. It’s also a wonderful recognition of GrubStreet’s impact and the idea that the arts should be by and for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. I look forward to the learning, idea generation, and growth that will come from forging new friendships and connections with this cohort of incredible leaders doing important and inspired work in Boston,”said Bridburg.  

Each new class of Fellows is nominated through a confidential process. There is no application. This year’s process began in January, with confidential nominations invited from nearly 200 individuals, including members of past Barr Fellowship classes, Foundation staff, and others who have strong knowledge of the diverse leaders working in Greater Boston. After confirming the eligibility of nominees, those nominators were invited to review and provide input on eligible candidates. An eight-member selection committee, including three Foundation trustees and five civic leaders, then determined finalists.

Learn more about the Barr Fellowship and see the full list of Barr Fellow recipients here.

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