Barbara Ward-Groves

Barbara Ward-Groves started her career with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) Atlanta District office as an investigator working in conjunction with senior investigators that documented some of the first major problems with the Red Cross. She would later go on to assume positions as the District Public Affairs Specialist (Executive Producer of the FDA Focus television program ), Regional AIDS Coordinator (co-founder of the Georgia AIDS Information Network), and Regional Industry and Small Business Representative.

Ward-Groves briefly served as a training officer before being selected as Health Scientist Administrator for the Office of International Programs (OIP), Office of the Commissioner, where she served as Associate Director of Europe (Foods), Associate Director for the Americas, and Associate Director for the International Planning and Resource Management staff. In OIP she was involved in multilateral and bilateral international activities and was part of the team responsible for negotiating and finalizing some of the agency's first confidentiality commitments with international counterparts. She also represented FDA and the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on international trade missions involving South African and Central American countries through work with the White House Office of Trade. Barbara also served for a period as the chair of the agency's Export Certificate Working Group.

She was selected to the FDA Mid-Level Leadership Program and graduated from the American Management Association Leadership Program. Ward-Groves has received numerous recognition awards, and citations including Commissioner Special Citations, HHS Secretary Sullivan Employee Award, former Vice President Al Gore's Hammer Award, and former President Jimmy Carter's Community Award for representing FDA with his Atlanta Project.

Barbara Ward-Groves retired as Special Assistant to the Southeast Region Food and Drug Director.

She earned a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry from Clark College and a Master of Public Health from Emory University. She is the proud parent of one daughter Ayanna and Husband Dr. Darrell Groves. 

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