She has a way of making bureaucrats tremble. Combative and cantankerous, she combines a lawyer's knowledge of federal housing regulations with an advocate's passion for defending the disenfranchised. The resulting compound can be explosive. Detractors have disparaged Barbara Pierre as a “gang leader”; some have sought court injunctions against her because they felt threatened by her in-your-face style. Yet even those detractors acknowledge the effectiveness of this devout Baptist, recovered alcoholi... More >>>