Barbara Becker is the founder and principal EqualShot, a New York-based firm specializing in strategic communications and advocacy for not-for-profit organizations and foundations. For 25 years, Becker has served a broad range of influential organizations including the United Nations, Human Rights First, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh. She has worked in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America on human rights, education, microfinance, and women's health issues. She has written numerous op-eds and columns for policy leaders and has used her expertise in media relations to achieve placements in outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, National Public Radio, and the Associated Press. Becker is an award-winning producer of the documentary Silence and Complicity, which was instrumental in achieving fair treatment for women patients in the Peruvian public health care system. She has also worked closely with the musician Peter Gabriel to provide video equipment and training to human rights advocates throughout the world, and with the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt on a video about hunger and malnutrition. Additionally, Becker has been a senior consultant to StoryCorps, the Peabody Award-winning oral history project providing the 14 million listeners of NPR's “Morning Edition” with a stream of moving first-person accounts by Americans ranging from Civil Rights veterans to Hurricane Katrina survivors to Alzheimer’s sufferers. Becker holds a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Haverford College, an M.A. in international administration from the School for International Training, and an M.A. in media studies from the New School.
Barbara Becker teaches Communications for Social Change.