Barb Kusha Career Highlights

  • Worked with Michael Jordon and his Michael Jordon Foundation during his glory years as a Chicago Bull. Helped pull together global press conference announcing the 1984 Olympic Dream Team, and arranged for private news interviews with Michael’s mother, Deloris.
  • Helped launch Kohl Children’s Museum – Early Childhood Teaching Awards, a first-of-its-kind program to recognize excellence in teaching of kids between birth to age 8. Helped produce public service announcements for the Awards featuring television- and film-star Phelicia Rashad.
  • Was part of team that orchestrated the first ever visit of an Eastern Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch, who came to Chicago on an official tour. Arranged his schedule, media access and public events that ranged from a private church visit to an open-air service for 300,000 worshippers at Chicago’s Grant Park.
  • Helped launch the commemoration of the first World AIDS Day in Chicago and worked on novel early AIDS awareness campaigns.
  • Helped pass Wisconsin’s first Seat Belt law, helped Illinois ban assault weapons in the wake of one of the nation’s first school shootings, and led a group of 25 South Side Chicago community leaders to Atlanta on a fact-finding tour in support of the expansion of the McCormick Place Convention Center and its potential benefits to the nearby community.
  • Wrote speeches for Chicago City College’s Chancellor and brochures for U.S. Senator Paul Simon. Worked on affordable housing issues for several groups.
  • Got my start in California pitching Valentine’s Day stories nationwide for a then-new business called Match.com.

Barb Kusha Recent Work 

  • Barb helped City of Dublin embrace and expand their recycled water supply, after overcoming much initial fear about “Toilet to Tap” concerns.
  • She helped the 250,000 households of the Livermore-Amador understand their responsibilities as stewards of the water supply, having run Zone 7 Water Agency’s Outreach, Community Education and Schools Programs for the last 20 years.  The Schools Program that Barb helped develop now reaches more than 12,000 students in their classrooms each year. Thousands more residents are reached at events, workshops, in-store learning, and through other mediums.
  • Barb helped City of Brentwood achieve 35% reductions in water use in less than three months, to avoid stiff state penalties for overconsumption during the drought.
  • She helped gain media attention for flood safety in the run-up to the wettest winter in recent memory, working with middle school Leadership classes as a conduit to their peers and the public.
  • Barb also helped benchmark an important environmental milepost for aquatic species in the San Francisco Bay, and ensured that it received favorable publicity in the tough Bay Area media market.

Barb Kusha Has Worked with These Organizations

Alameda County Clean Water Program

Andersen Consulting

CH2M Hill

Chemical Waste Management

Chicago Energy Savers Fund

Chicago Equity Fund

Chicago Park District

City of Brentwood, CA

City of Chicago – O’Hare Airport Development Program

Coalition to Ban the Sale of Leaded Gas

College of American Pathologists

Commonwealth Edison

Contra Costa County Flood Control District

Contra Costa Resource Conservation District

Cook County Democratic Women

Designs for Change

Dublin San Ramon Services District

Gender Gap Vote Project

HealthChex, Inc.

Hospitals United for Healthcare Access

Host Committee for the Greek Ecumenical Patriarch’s Visit

Illinois Campaign for Choice

Illinois Campaign to Ban Assault Weapons

Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

Illinois Department of Public Health – First AIDS Awareness Campaign

Illinois Bell – Ameritech

Illinois Women’s Agenda

Jewish Council on Urban Affairs

Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Match.com

Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs – City of Chicago

Michael Jordon Foundation

Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority

National Equity Fund

Neale-May and Partners

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Statewide Housing Action Coalition

Target Stores/Dayton Hudson Corporation

U.S. Commission on Improving the Effectiveness of the United Nations

U.S. Senator Paul Simon

Waste Management Inc.

Wisconsin Insurance Alliance

Wisconsin Office of Child Support

Wisconsin Safety Belt Coalition

Wisconsin State Telephone Association

Women United for a Better Chicago

Women’s Healthcare Consultant

WTTW-Channel 11 (Chicago PBS Affiliate)

Youth Service Project

Zone 7 Water Agency, serving the Livermore-Amador Valley, CA