Vaughnetta J. Barton
Vaughnetta J. Barton is managing the UW School of Social Work’s community-led initiative, Communities in Action. She has more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector specializing in community engagement, philanthropy and program development. As a lecturer and long-time practicum instructor, she provides educational opportunities for graduate students focused on social work administration, capacity-building and leadership.
Prior to Communities in Action, Barton was the executive director of the Foundation for Early Learning and was responsible for the organization’s overall management including budgeting, collaborations, fundraising, grant-making, programs and staff development. Before joining the Foundation for Early Learning, Barton worked as Philanthropy Northwest’s first advancement director where her responsibilities included increasing membership and revenue. She has also held senior leadership positions in the credit union, mentoring and welfare-to-work sectors.
Barton currently serves on The Seattle Public Library’s board of trustees and the UW School of Social Work’s Field Education Advisory Committee. Previously, she served on the School of Social Work’s Student Review and Curriculum Committees and is a member of several social justice organizations, including Seattle’s African American Leadership Forum, the Black Education Strategic Roundtable, and Social Justice Fund Northwest. She is a former German Marshall Fund Fellow and an alumna of Leadership Tomorrow. She earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Washington with a concentration in administration, focusing on children, youth, and families. Barton graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in sociology.