Barry Goodinson

Former Vice President, Development
Independent Sector

Barry Goodinson was the vice president of development at Independent Sector. He has spent his entire professional career working in various capacities with and for nonprofit organizations, serving in executive director, development director, board member, consultant and volunteer roles.

As executive director of Green Spaces for DC, Barry developed public-private partnerships to create and improve publicly owned green spaces throughout Washington, DC.  While the organization helped to improve several local parks, streetscapes and gateways, Barry is particularly proud to have been honored by the Lummi Nation for the part he played in helping them present a totem to the people of Washington as a gesture of healing following the Pentagon attack on 9/11; and for the opportunity to help the city design and build a memorial to Carter G. Woodson, the father of African-American history.     Green Space’s role in building the city’s first dog park brings him a different kind of joy.

As director of development for Historic Sites for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Barry oversaw the fundraising activities of the Trust’s 29 historic sites.

Barry worked for many years in the fight against HIV/AIDS. On the national level, his fundraising work for AIDS Action Council/AIDS Action Foundation helped to support advocacy efforts that led to the passage of the Ryan White CARE Act and the HIV/AIDS provisions of the American’s with Disabilities Act. As executive director of Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry, he oversaw the delivery of a range of supportive services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

He has served on several nonprofit boards, including Bridge Builders, Housing Opportunities for Women, One in Ten, Washington Area Community Investment Fund, Friends of Guest House, Churches Conference on Shelter & Housing, Roland Park Roads and Maintenance Corporation, and Among Friends.

He chaired the Town of Milton (DE) Planning and Zoning Commission, leading the historic town through the development of its most recent Comprehensive Plan. A member of the Rehoboth Beach Writer’s Guild, Barry has dabbled in non-fundraising writing and, after many rejections, has had two of his poems published.   

Barry holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. John’s Seminary College, a master’s in public policy from Georgetown University, and a certificate in landscape design from George Washington University.