The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation Board of Directors has elected two local men to the board. Josh Barnett will serve on the board’s Grants Committee while Adrian Barr will join the board’s Governance Committee.
Josh Barnett is Development Coordinator at Advocate Charitable Foundation, the philanthropy arm of Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and Advocate Eureka Hospital. In that role, he leads governance, training and development efforts for the foundation council, oversees internal employee giving and works to connect individuals and businesses with Advocate’s local health ministry. Prior to Advocate, Barnett was a financial advisor and spent several years overseeing marketing, communications and stewardship at Calvary United Methodist Church in Normal.
Barnett is also a member of the McLean County Board representing more than 17,000 District 10 residents on Bloomington’s east side. Within the County Board, he is a member of the Transportation Committee and Property Committee. Outside of his day jobs, Barnett volunteers with the Kiwanis of Bloomington, McLean County Chamber of Commerce, IPCF’s Grants Committee and many more organizations.
Barnett and his wife, Jenny, recently welcomed a new baby, Joseph.
Adrian Barr is Managing Attorney for Prairie State Legal Services’ Bloomington office. His strong commitment to making our justice system more fair and efficient for all has been the hallmark of his 15-year legal career. Upon his graduation from the University of Illinois College of Law, he joined Prairie State Legal Services’ St. Charles office as a staff attorney where he handled landlord-tenant, public benefits and disability cases. After 5 years in that role and facing financial pressure, Barr shifted to private practice for 3 years. During his time at a law firm in Peoria, he handled several pro bono cases for Prairie State clients and realized legal aid would be his path long-term. He returned to Prairie State’s Bloomington office as Managing Attorney in 2011.
In his current role, Barr supervises the delivery of civil legal services to low-income people and seniors in McLean, Livingston, and Woodford counties. Barr’s devotion to improving our community extends beyond his work at Prairie State. He serves on the board of directors of the Immigration Project, a nonprofit organization in Bloomington providing immigrants with affordable immigration legal services; serves on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice Name Change Standardized Forms Subcommittee, and has chaired it since 2015; and currently is the president of the United Way of McLean County’s Agency Executive Council and also serves on the board of directors of the United Way of McLean County. In addition, he is a member of the PILI Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and is active in the McLean County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee.
About Illinois Prairie Community Foundation
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, now in its 20th year, encourages and facilitates philanthropy in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties by connecting donors who care with causes that matter to them. The Foundation currently manages assets of more than $16 million in 160 funds including endowments and donor advised, fiscal sponsorship and scholarship funds.