Barb Clark attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a B.A. in Youth Studies, Sociology and English. She has spent over 25 years working with at-risk youth in public schools and the non-profit sector. She worked in the Bloomington Public Schools for eight years as the Youth Development Manager and was integral in the development and implementation of three youth centers. Barb also was the Youth Initiatives Director at the National Youth Leadership Council based in St. Paul, Minnesota. At the NYLC, Barb directed a national training for high school youths from across the country which focused on service-learning, diversity, and leadership.
Barb and her husband are the parents of four adopted children, the oldest of which is diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Barb works at the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) coordinating a program to train parent leaders to provide post adoption support in their communities and providing post-adoption support to MN families. She also provides training and consulting with schools, agencies, and families to improve the education and lives of young people who were prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol.