Lillian Barden

Originally from New York City, Lillian moved to Southern California with her husband when she married. He was a building contractor and Lillian maintained the books of the organization while raising three children. After their divorce Lillian worked in various areas of real estate and construction in Southern California and earned her MBA from Pepperdine University.

Once her children were all launched to college, Lillian moved to Northern California. She managed the accounting functions at Golden Gate University while working on her PhD in Business Administration. She began her teaching career at Golden Gate, eventually taking a full-time faculty position at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. She was then offered the position of Director of Intensive Business, a new accelerated evening program at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont.

Lillian directed and taught in the program for a total of eighteen years, taking early retirement in 2000 and returning full-time in 2006, finally retiring in 2016 after serving as Faculty Senate President. During her five-year hiatus Lillian pursued her other love of writing and earned an MFA at Mills College in Oakland.

Lillian has worked in a number of volunteer positions: advising divorced women in finances at a program at UC Irvine, working on their GED’s with young men on probation, but primarily in a variety of roles with the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, serving on their Board, their Advisory Committee, doing volunteer mediation and facilitation and providing financial oversight to their financial director. Active in her church, the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, Lillian facilitates an Aging/Saging group as well as a memoir writing group.

Lillian’s children continue to make her life interesting: Dan is a professor of English; Alice just finished a masters in screenwriting; and Chris runs a number of dog rescue facilities in Bejing, China.  Lillian is excited to use her skills to make a difference.