Barbara Goldschmidt is a program coordinator at the Academy, where she works with leadership development welcoming interns and overseeing program activities. In addition, she contributes to the Academy’s communication efforts as a writer and editor. She has a B.A. in English from UCLA, where she graduated with honors.
In her idealistic 20s she walked up five flight of stairs to the offices at New York Magazine and offered her services to the then fledgling publication. She eventually became publicity director and, with the rest of the staff, helped launch Ms. She quit her job after four years, with lofty aspirations in mind. Shortly after that, poet Joel Oppenheimer told her, “The first thing a poet needs to know is never leave a good paying job”.
As it turned out, neither poetry nor work mattered as much as the search. Barbara worked many years as a freelance writer, publishing in every conceivable format, eventually focusing on integrative healthcare. Her interest in caregiving led her to get a license in massage therapy, followed by a private practice and teaching. Her book Comforting Touch in Dementia and End of Life Care: Take My Hand was “highly commended” by the British Medical Association’s Book Awards for 2012.
Before joining the Academy, Barbara volunteered for caregivercorps.org, which advocated for caregiver issues prior to the 2016 presidential election. Co-workers introduced her to the Academy, which she joined in 2017. She feels right at home at the Academy, working with others who support caregiving and all that it entails. Though policy may seem a far cry from poetry, Barbara has observed that both forms require a careful crafting of words and that both can be actions from the heart.