Barbara Yaroslavsky was born and raised in Los Angeles, and always believed that the way to make a difference is by being involved in the community and she has been engaged in a myriad of community projects throughout her career as a community activist. Mainly engaged in opportunities in education and health care issues, she sits on the boards of many nonprofit organizations.
Barbara is and has been active on several boards at the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, from the Bureau of Jewish Education to the formerly known Jewish Community Relations Board (JCRC), previously having chaired for a two year term the Jewish Public Affairs Committee (JPAC), a statewide lobbying organization made up of many statewide constituency organizations and federations from around the State.
She heads up a special projects group for the Zimmer Children's Museum and engaged in maintaining and securing funding for their youTHink project which is in many public school classrooms statewide, as well as participating in the Jewish community's response to literacy through the Koreh L, A. task force which currently has in excess of 1,000 volunteers that are reading with children in our elementary schools.
Barbara has served on the Medical Board of California which licenses and disciplines licenses of doctors practicing in the State of California. She has served in a variety of roles including President, Chairing the Education Committee, co-chairing the over-prescribing task force, as well as other task forces with public protection always at the forefront of the topic.
An active participant of the Health Professions Educational Foundation which makes scholarship and loan repayment programs for people going into the medical professions in the State of California.
A member of Commission on Communities and Family Services, formerly the Commission on Children, Youth and their Families, which advises the Mayor and Council around issues to make a difference around programs moving people out of poverty.