Steve Barker joined World Resources Institute (WRI) in 2005. His charter as Chief Financial and Operations Officer is to ensure financially sound and efficient global business practices and operations infrastructure to enable WRI to vigorously pursue its mission. Steve has both for-profit and non-profit international experience and manages global operations including HR, risk management, IT, facilities, sustainability, finance, contract and grants governance and compliance, and metrics to manage organizational/strategic performance.

Steve has been instrumental in formulating and supporting the growth strategy at WRI, facilitating more than a seven-fold increase in size from $20 to $150 million, and expanding global operations to include 14 offices in 10 countries/regions including Africa, China, Brazil, Europe, India, Indonesia and Mexico. He is passionate about solving the “overhead myth,” enabling the social sector to scale and solve the challenging issues of our time and move beyond overhead ratios as the primary means to assess organizational performance.

Steve serves as the Board Treasurer and is the primary liaison with WRI’s Finance/Investment and Audit/Risk Management Committees of the Board. He also leads the effort to sustainably invest WRI’s endowment.

Steve completed the Executive MBA program at The College of William and Mary in 2006, which included international study at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey, and the European Business School in Frankfurt, Germany. He was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, the highest recognition business students around the world can receive. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San Diego State University with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. Steve is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Financial Manager (CFM), and member of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

Steve lives in Virginia with his wife, Jacquie, who is a software engineer, instructor, author and founder of Pets Bring Joy, a charitable organization devoted to pet rescue.