Barbara Prete is a painter and writer who has lived in Westbeth since 1977. She raised three children here, one of whom, Allison, is now an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Barbara also has a background in finance; she attended the Harvard Business School and was director of Program Finance at the Empire State Development Corporation. She served as director of the National Book Awards for 10 years and as a development officer for several arts-related nonprofit organizations. Barbara was president of WARC for six years. She is also an award-winning journalist and an NEA fellowship winner.