Barbara Duffield
Director of Policy and Programs


  • Poverty

Barbara Duffield is director of policy and programs for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. NAEHCY is a national membership association working to ensure that every child and youth experiencing homelessness is successful in school, from early childhood through higher education. Duffield’s involvement in homeless issues began in 1990 as a tutor for homeless children in Washington, D.C. She subsequently joined the National Coalition for the Homeless and served as director of education for NCH from 1994 to2003, working closely with educators, service providers, federal agencies and Congressional offices to strengthen policy and practice on children’s issues. Duffield was born and raised in Michigan, and she received her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in political science from the University of Michigan.