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
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
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
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
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