Associate Vice President of Development

Barbara Vega

Barbara is NBA’s Associate Vice President of Development. She has shaped nonprofit development initiatives for programs in hundreds of communities, both domestically and abroad. She has 16 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising at the leadership level. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s Degree in Adult and Secondary Education from California State University. She has numerous certificates in nonprofit management, including the Harvard Executive Education Certificate in Nonprofit Performance Evaluation. She is bilingual (English/Spanish), and has traveled to and lived in several countries. 

Barbara has served on several boards, including Alfalit International, the International Children’s Heart Foundation, the Mayor’s Educational Task Force for the City of Sunrise, Florida, and Bridge to Hope in Miami, Florida. She is the former Vice President of the Lion’s Club of South Florida and currently lives in South Florida with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. 

Getting to Know Barbara

Why do you feel “called to care” about Disciples health and social service ministry?

I’ve had a servant heart from a very early age. I’m particularly passionate about social justice and women’s empowerment–addressing the root causes of injustice and inequality. I’m a fundraiser not because I want to raise money, but because I want to help change the world. If I raise a lot of money but fail to help bring about justice and equity with that funding, I have not done my job. These values are right in line with the values of the National Benevolent Association.

Who is a hero of yours, and why?

I would have to say Sr. Joan Chittister. I admire how she is free and empowered to speak her truth and to tell the stories that matter. 

If I tried to find you in a supermarket, what aisle would you be in?

Fruits and vegetables. Lots of bright colors, with food directly from the earth – nothing processed!