SandpiperCREATIVE's Director Barbara Passero has been active in public outreach, education, publications production, and advocacy on environmental subjects for over 40 years. Ms. Passero set up the Marine Resources Information Center for the MIT Sea Grant College Program. The Center provided information on ocean and coastal resources, land use planning, natural resources management, science education, pollution studies, and other topics. Barbara also worked for the Wildlife Refuges Division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Environmental Sciences Department of the Massachusetts Audubon Society; Biology Department of Suffolk University; Massachusetts Marine Educators, Inc.; and others.
Ms. Passero was awarded Life Membership in Massachusetts Marine Educators, Inc., an organization of ocean science educators, in 2004. Ms. Passero credits MME as the inspiration for her multidisciplinary education programs, which emphasize creativity, sensitivity to the environment, sharing resources, scientific method, mentors, hands-on activities, field trips and outdoor activities, and career exploration.
Ms. Passero has a B.A. in English from Hiram College and an M.L.S. degree from the Simmons College School of Library Science. She is a former town meeting member in Belmont, MA and a member of several environmental, educational, and women's advocacy organizations.