Harold ("Harry") Barley retired recently after a 45-year career in the transportation industry. The first half of his career was with the Washington Metropolitan Planning Transit Authority where he served in various roles planning, building and operating the Metrorail project. In the second half, he served as the Executive Director of MetroPlan Orlando, the federally-designed metropolitan planning organization for Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties.
After relocating, Harry learned about the work of the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation. He was impressed by what had been accomplished and became a supporter of the Foundation's vision for an integrated statewide network. This took on more significance when Dale Allen began promoting the idea of a Coast-to- Coast Trail across the Florida peninsula. Harry signed on immediately to join the crusade, recruited others to do the same and took an active role to make it happen.
Harry earned his Bachelor's degree from the State University of New York and completed his graduate work in Urban and Regional Planning at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He earned a Management Certificate from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. Harry has been married to his wife, Leslie, for 40 years. They have two grown children, both living in Central Florida, and one granddaughter.
Harry's top priority in retirement is handling family-related needs. He resigned from a number of Boards and Commissions coinciding with his retirement to provide service opportunities for his successor. However, Harry continues to serve as a Trustee at the Winter Park Health Foundation and is a Board member of Advent Health, formerly Florida Hospital.