Barbara Steenbergen has been working more than 17 years for the protection of tenants. She started in 2001 as head of the president's office of the German Union of Tenants (Deutscher Mieterbund) in Berlin and as political coordinator for energy policy and international affairs. In 2007 she was elected as head of the International Union of Tenants EU Office in Brussels. Since 2013 she is member of the IUT Executive Committee. She is responsible for the political relations and the lobbying towards the EU institutions.
From 2009 to 2012 she chaired the European Housing Forum; since 2013 she chairs the "European Responsible Housing Initiative" stakeholder forum and jury.
Since 2015 she is representing IUT in the EU Urban Agenda Partnership for Housing.
Barbara is a German national and holds a master degree in political sciences of the University of Bonn, Germany, and a bachelor in public administration.