Barbara Dwyer Gunn was raised in Syracuse and Albany in upstate New York and has a B.A. from the College of St. Rose in Albany and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She has worked at all levels of government and in non-profits throughout her career and presently runs a non-profit in New York City. She has a home in the northern Catskills and shares with her siblings a cabin on a small lake in a forever-wild area of the Adirondack State Park.