After more than six years of service, Barbara “Bobbie” Ibarra is retiring from her post as executive director of the advocacy group Miami Homes for All (MHFA).
Ibarra will end her run at the nonprofit group in February 2018, when she plans to relocate to Nashville with her husband Charles Scurr.
Founded in 1985 as the Miami Coalition for the Homeless, the MHFA is an advocacy/philanthropic organization that has awarded over $2 million in grants to programs aimed at preventing and ending homelessness via prevention and intervention.
“Bobbie has provided invaluable leadership for Miami Homes for All and for the broader community of advocates for the homeless through her consistent and resolute focus on youth homelessness, affordable housing and advocacy,” said Dr. Luther Brewster, president of the board of MHFA, in a statement. “... [She] has executed an organizational strategy that has far exceeded our fundraising goals, elevated the state and national profile of the organization, and has laid out a vision for MHFA that will guide the organization for years to come.”
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Before joining MHFA, Ibarra served as the vice president and general manager of Jungle Island, an adjunct professor and community education instructor at Miami Dade College and founding president of Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, the agency that oversees 5,000 dependent care children and their families.
Ibarra also worked as director of personnel for Miami-Dade County and held other government posts in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Philadelphia. In the private sector, she worked as senior vice president for Citibank and vice president of human resources for Mayor’s Jewelers.