Barbara Polk is the Chief Administrative Officer for the National Restaurant Association. In this position, she has overall strategic responsibility for Information Technology, Legal, Human Resources, Internal Communications, Board Operations and Facilities/Office Services. In addition to oversight of key operational functions, responsibilities also encompass tactical coordination of association leadership activities and supporting timely and successful execution of NRA's strategic organizational initiatives. She ensures the association has the proper controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to support sustainable enterprise growth in the service of members, customers and partners.
Barbara has more than 20 years of experience in human resources and operations with broad expertise in M&A, global real estate, organizational development, board governance and strategic execution. She has held senior leadership positions at the American Red Cross, Ellucian, XO Communications, and Reading is Fundamental. Barbara received her Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University. Barbara enjoys the theater, concerts and cooking for friends and family. She resides in Washington, DC.