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Patricia Barber

development & grant-writing professional

Work experience


Development Officer U.S.A.

university of the Witwatersrand, johannesburg, south africa
  • Identified new sources of foundation giving and write grant proposals. Secured a grant for $100,000 from Motorola Solutions Foundation. Working with fundraising teams from South African and U.S. universities to secure grants for partnerships from large international funders such as Carnegie, Rockefeller, and the Gates Foundation.
  • Launched  major donor and alumni-giving program for U.S. based alumni of South Africa's preeminent university. Raised over $75,000 in first year. Secured commitment for $50,000 from single donor for proposed scholarship program. Stewarding $1 million donation from U.S. donor. Engaged in the cultivation of numerous prospective major donors.
  • Designed and wrote new Wits in America website -
  • Launched and maintain WitsUSA - @WitsUSA - Twitter feed and Wits in America Facebook page
  • Wrote various donor materials

Strategic Communications Advisor

the whitaker group, washington, d.c. & accra, ghana
  • Wrote a variety of corporate communications - press releases, website narratives, advocacy letters to the U.S. Congress - for a consultancy specializing in trade, investment, and health partnerships in Africa.
  • Wrote speeches and prepare PowerPoint presentations for TWG CEO Rosa Whitaker as well as for African Heads of State and corporate clients.
  • Wrote and laid out newsletters in InDesign for a variety of TWG clients.
  • Ghost-written op eds and articles, to be published under the name of TWG CEO Rosa Whitaker, for the Wall Street Journal (,, The Ambassadors Review, and other publications.

Director, Marketing & Development

star community, hagerstown, md
  • Marketed services of Star Community, a residential and work program for adults with developmental disabilities, and for Star Equestrian Center which provides therapeutic horseback-riding from people with disabilities.
  • Produced an array of written pieces including quarterly newsletters for both the residential and the equestrian programs
  • Placed articles in the local press - Hagerstown Herald-Mail, Picket, and Citizen
  • Secured grant funding for the equestrian program from the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation
  • Ran a successful Annual Fund campaign and a $150,000 capital campaign to build a house for three Star residents
  • Launched the Jubilee Club, a major gifts club.

Washington Correspondent

sunday times, johannesburg, south africa
  • Covered politics and current events and wrote human interest stories for largest circulation newspaper in South Africa.


financial times of london
  • Provided research services for international London-based daily financial newspaper



MA. Journalism & Public Affairs

The American university, washington, d.c.

B. Journalism

Rhodes university, grahamstown, south africa

freelance writing

  • Author (under Patricia Cheney) "The Land & People of Zimbabwe," published by Harper & Row, 1990
  • Work published in Washingtonian magazine, the Washington Business Journal, Financial Times of London, the Washington Star, the Frederick Gazette, and other publications


public speaking
adobe muse

adobe indesign


Some samples of my work, some ghostwritten for Rosa Whitaker, CEO, The Whitaker Group. Brochures and newsletter, written and laid out in InDesign by me.


Rosa Whitaker, President and CEO, The Whitaker Group (, former Assistant United States Trade Representative for Africa.


Telephone: +1 202 349 1472

Clare Jeffrey, COO, Imibala Trust (, Somerset West, South Africa. Former Director of Development, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa


Telephone: 011 27 (0) 21 851 3532