Community Service Award

Caroline Barlerin ’91 Named 2019 Community Service Award Recipient
The Hotchkiss School, 2019 Community Service Recipient

Caroline Barlerin ’91, global head of social innovation at Eventbrite, is the recipient of this year’s Community Service Award. She will be honored during an All-School Meeting at 10 a.m. on April 26.

At Eventbrite, the world’s largest platform for live experiences, Barlerin is passionate about exploring what can be created at the intersection of social good and technology. In her role, she is helping mobilize event creators, attendees, and employees to tackle some of the most complex social challenges through product innovation, strategic partnerships, and community outreach.

Prior to her role at Eventbrite, Barlerin led community outreach and philanthropic efforts at Twitter, which included the launch of Twitter NeighborNest, a neighborhood learning center supporting low-income families by providing access to technology, classes, and resources to learn, connect, and grow with the guidance of Twitter volunteers.

She is no stranger to taking on big challenges and inspiring people to take action. Her previous experience includes designing a bicycle-powered rice thresher for small farms in Burma; creating the blueprint for Taproot Foundation, which connects nonprofits and other social change organizations with skilled volunteers through pro bono service; and, building game-changing programs like HP’s “Matter to a Million” partnership with Kiva, which has made more than $12 million of loans to over 350,000 people globally.

Silicon Valley Business Journal has recognized Barlerin as one of its “40 Under 40” and the state of California awarded her the Hoffman Prize for her dedication to impactful service both locally and around the world. She was a fellow in The Aspen Institute First Movers Fellowship program — a leading global network and professional development program for corporate and social entrepreneurs. She currently sits on the boards of the Global Fund for Women, INSEAD’s Hoffman Institute for Business and Society, and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF NW Chapter. Barlerin received her B.A. from Vassar College and was a Sloan Research Fellow at Stanford University Business School. 

Caroline has strong family ties to Hotchkiss, including her father Michael Barlerin ’58, P’85,’91, GP’21, her sister Patricia Barlerin Farman-Farmaian ’85, P’21, a nephew Cyrus Farman-Farmaian ’21, and several great uncles and cousins.