Meet our 2017 MOSAIC Award Honorees: J. Barry Barker

J. Barry Barker

J. Barry Barker was born in Wigan, England and has been Executive Director of the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) since 1994. His core belief that “the quality of life in our communities is only as good as it is for the least advantaged members of our communities”  directs his customer-focused approach to service and team-based approach to management that have resulted in increased ridership and service innovations that have received national recognition.

As a veteran with over 30 years of public transit experience, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Easter Seals, and the NAACP have honored Mr. Barker for his work “improving transportation access—and the quality of life—for the poor, elderly, and people with disabilities” and to ensure diversity in the workplace.

When he is not busy at work or volunteering and serving on many community non-profit boards, he enjoys reading, Sudoku, and running.

Please join us on May 18th at the Hyatt Regency for the 2017 MOSAIC Awards, a dinner event recognizing new or first-generation immigrants and refugees who are making a significant contribution to their profession and our local and global community. Mr. Barker and the other honorees will receive the MOSAIC Award, which symbolizes Multicultural Opportunities for Success and Achievement In our Community. For more information visit:

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