Vice President, Diversity & Community Engagement
Office of Community and Public Health
Barbara Felker is the Vice President of Diversity and Community Engagement in the Office of Community and Public Health for Northwell Health, one of metro New York’s largest healthcare organizations. In her role as Vice President, Ms. Felker is responsible for the development and implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies, to enhance the quality of patient care delivery and eliminate healthcare disparities experienced by under represented communities.
Ms. Felker is a certified leadership coach and faculty member of the Health System’s corporate university, The Center for Learning and Innovation. In addition, Ms. Felker’s responsibilities include the development and enhancement of the System’s Chaplaincy service line and Clinical Practice Education Program (CPE), increasing the ability to treat the existential needs of patients, their families and Northwell team members .
Ms. Felker has more than 15 years experience in diverse industries that include talent management, labor relations and state legislation. Before joining Northwell, she held various leadership positions at companies including New York Presbyterian’s Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, The Brooklyn Hospital Center and HR Dynamics Consulting, Inc. A former fellow of the Center for Women in Government and Public Policy; SUNY Albany, Ms. Felker served as New York State Senate Legislative Director following her fellowship.
Ms. Felker obtained a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from The New School’s Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy and a Master of Divinity from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey.
As an active member in her community, Ms. Felker has also served as Vice President of her local Community School Board and was certified by the Queens Community Mediation Services to mediate cases from the NY State Court System. Ms. Felker currently sits on the Board of Trustees at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, the Board of Directors for the 1199 SEIU Child Care Corporation and Long Island WINS, a non-profit immigration advocacy organization.