Barbara Burgess is a graduate of Brown University and Suffolk Law School. She worked as a lobbyist in Washington for John Hancock Financial Services and headed the Washington Government Relations office. She has worked on all issues affecting Hancock including tax and pension legislation as well as acquiring a license to operate an insurance company in China. After retirement, she moved to Seabrook Island, SC. She has been an active participant in the Charleston arts scene as President of the Board of Charleston Stage and a board member of Charleston Symphony. She is also a board member of Sea Island Habitat for Humanity. Barbara taught Advocacy Law at Law School at the University of South Carolina. She currently serves on the board of World Affairs Council of Charleston and writes for the "Tidelands" blog.