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Barbara Wilkerson Lipscomb, American city official. Fellow Housing and Urban Development, 1973, Ford Foundation, 1973; named Outstanding Young Woman of America, 1982.


Lipscomb, Barbara Wilkerson was born on October 30, 1951 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. Daughter of Frank Wilkerson and Kathleen (Parrish) Harris.


Bachelor in Urban Geography and Political Science, University Georgia, 1973. Master Regional Planning in Transportation-Land Use, University North Carolina, 1973.


Administrative assistant, City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1975-1977, 82-83;executive assistant to city manager, City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1983-1984;management analyst, City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1984-1986;marketing trainee, Westinghouse Corporation, Pittsburgh, 1977-1978;market analyst architectural systems division, Westinghouse Corporation, Grand Rapids, 1978-1981;assistant to city manager, City of Lakeland, Florida, since 1986.


Former member Grand Rapids Mayor's Transportation Task Force. Advisor Junior Achievement, 1979-1980. Board directors Young Women’s Christian Association, Grand Rapids, 1980-1985, Sunshine Camp Fire Girls, 1986-1987, Lakeland Girls Club, since 1987, Salvation Army, Lakeland, 1991.

Board directors Women's Resource Center, Grand Rapids, 1980-1985, president board, 1985. Government chairman Paint Your Heart Out Lakeland, 1991-1992. Chair assistant steering committee International Capital Market Association, 1992-1993.

Member Leadership Lakeland, 1990, assistant committee, FCCMA/International Capital Market Association partnership agreement committee Florida City and Country Managers Association, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Lakeland Community Relations Council. Member International City Managers Association (assistants steering committee 1991-1994), Florida City and County Managers Association, National Forum Black Public Administrators (president Tampa Bay chapter 1990-1991), Florida Black Elected and Appointed Officials Caucus, Greater Florida Minority Development Council (secretary-treasurer Tampa Bay chapter 1989-1990), Imperial Polk Management Association (publicity chairman), Lakeland Chamber of Commerce (minority business task force), American Marketing Association, American Planning Association, Leadership Lakeland Alumni, Delta Sigma Theta (president Grand Rapids alumnae chapter 1981).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, tennis, movies, antiques.


1 child, Courtney.