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Barbara S. Hiltz

Director of MSW Programs and Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work

Barbara S. Hiltz

Barb Hiltz is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Hiltz is a licensed social worker (LMSW) and also holds a EdM in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership with a focus on diversity and equity in education. Hiltz’s work focuses on the sustainability of community-based organizations, including the role of innovation, social enterprise and social entrepreneurship in shaping social service delivery. Other areas of expertise include leadership, human resource management, fund and program development, and fiscal management.

For more than two decades, Hiltz has worked in interpersonal, community and administrative practice. Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty, Hiltz served as executive director of a program for men who abuse their domestic partners in St. Louis, MO, and a cancer support organization in Ann Arbor, MI. In 2011, Hiltz co-founded The Brides Project, a social enterprise designed to raise money for cancer support services.

Research Interests/Focus

social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, fundraising, nonprofit management, leadership, strategic planning


Year Degree   School
2020 MEd Diversity & Equity in Education University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
1998 MSSW Social Work University of Wisconsin, Madison
1997 BSSW Social Work University of North Dakota, Grand Forks

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