Barry Barnes has overseen public policy and local ballot measure accounts for TBWB Strategies since 1996. In that time, the firm has passed more than 200 public funding campaigns, resulting in over $9 Billion in voter-approved funding for schools, colleges, libraries, public safety, parks/open space, and transportation improvements in California, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, Maine, and Indiana.
Barnes has served as lead consultant on many of the firm’s countywide campaigns, (all requiring 66%+ for passage). This included the high-profile 2008 Santa Clara County Measure B campaign (BART to Silicon Valley). Other recent wins include the 2010 Marin County Libraries parcel tax, the 2006 renewal of the Sonoma County Open Space sales tax, the 2004 passage of Sonoma County’s Measure M sales tax and the 2000 countywide tax victory for the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
Prior to joining the firm in 1995, Barry managed school bond efforts and other local campaigns throughout Northern California. He also served as a legislative director at San Jose City Hall for over three years, giving him personal experience with the fiscal challenges facing city officials.
Barry was born and raised in Mt. Shasta, California and received his B.A. from California State University, Chico in 1991. He lives in the East Bay with his wife Samantha and sons Abraham and Benjamin.