Barbara Clifton Zarate grew up in Marin County and has served the people for decades. She is the mother to five wonderful and courageous children and grandmother to one adorable grandson.
She has devoted her personal and professional life to ensuring that the rights and needs of the traditionally underrepresented are respected. Through her daily work she champions initiatives to address inequities and disparities in Marin County.
Outside of her daily work, she uses art as a transformative tool for change. In 2013, she was honored by The Chief of the Maya Lenca Nation and Suscol Intertribal Council for her contributions to the health and development of communities. In October 2016 she visited Standing Rock and the Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota in solidarity with the Water Protectors in opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
She is an active member of Natives in Philanthropy and the White Buffalo Woman Council and the WBWC Drum group, offering songs to protect and heal. She is an artist and a spiritual activist, advocating for the protection of the Sacred; Mother Earth, the Water, and all beings.