Subha V. Barry

Vice President & General Manager, Working Mother Media
(Rice MBA '85)

Subha V. Barry was named Vice President and General Manager of Working Mother Media in January 2015. Subha oversees Working Mother magazine,, Diversity Best Practices, the leading corporate membership organization supporting diversity and inclusion and the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). Working Mother Media is a division of the Bonnier Corporation. 

Subha’s career spans 30 years of experience in front-line business, operational, and leadership roles. She has a proven track record of building cohesive, productive teams to be agents of change, linking people leadership to business results and leveraging opportunities to drive profitability. 

As a Principal of SV Barry Consulting Group, LLC, Subha applied her unique perspective on business culture, talent, and human capital to deliver global solutions on issues of diversity, inclusion, leadership development, cultural competence, and multicultural marketing to corporations, non-profits, and academic institutions. 

Previously, Subha was Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Freddie Mac, where she served on the firm's management committee and had overall responsibility for the combined functions of Diversity & Inclusion, Supplier Diversity, Community Engagement, and the Freddie Mac Foundation. 

During more than 20 years at Merrill Lynch, Subha was Managing Director and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion. She was responsible for diversity efforts across the corporation, including oversight of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Council. Subha also created a highly successful Multicultural Business Development Group that helped establish Merrill Lynch as the preeminent wealth management firm among diverse and multicultural markets. She began her career at the firm as a Financial Advisor. 

Subha is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs where she teaches gender policy. She serves on the board of Rutgers University, where she co-chairs the fund-raising efforts for the Gloria Steinem Chair for Media, Culture and Feminist Studies. Subha is also on the boards of Rice University's Graduate School of Business, and Princeton Hospital, and is Chair of the Rutgers Cancer Institute's Director's Advisory Council. She is a Senior Advisor to the New York-based Center for Talent Innovation and the Asia Society's Talent, Diversity and Inclusion Council. She previously served on the boards of Rice University, the National Council for Research on Women, and the Chapin School. 

A native of India, Subha holds a BA from Bombay University and an MBA and MS in Accounting from Rice University. She and her husband, Jim, have two children, Tara and Jay. They live in Princeton, New Jersey.