October 11, 2016

Barbara B. Newman is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of The Blues Foundation, the Memphis-based, international music organization dedicated to preserving blues music history, celebrating recording and performance excellence, supporting blues education and ensuring the future of this unique art form. Ms. Newman is a fourth-generation Memphian with deep ties to the city that annually hosts the world's two premier blues music events—the International Blues Challenge and the Blues Music Awards—and is now home to the physical Blues Hall of Fame, expected to draw thousands of visitors annually. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University, later adding advanced training in accounting, money and banking, and corporate finance during her tenure with New York-based National Westminster Bank, USA.

Upon her return to Memphis, she began non-profit work with the Bornblum Solomon Schechter School Board of Directors, serving as Treasurer, Vice-President of both Administra...

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