- Starr served as Founding Director, Center for Social Studies Education, 1984-2008
- Elected Member (2006-present), Allegheny County Democratic Committee
- Former Executive Director (1998-2005), Citizens for Independent Public Broadcasting
- Former Executive Director (1996-2003), Pittsburgh Educational Television
- Coordinator, Coalition to Defend Educational Broadcasting (1999-2000) News Article 1 News Article 2
- Founder and President (1986), Association for Humanist Sociology
- Founder and Advisory Board Member (1985-93), Pittsburgh Jobs with Peace; Special Consultant on Mayor’s Annual Report on the Impact of Military Spending on Pittsburgh’s Economy
- Founder and President (1982-86), Pittsburgh Educators for Social Responsibility. Guided curriculum reforms in Pittsburgh Public Schools around nuclear energy and nuclear war at all levels of instruction.
Research, Teaching and Service Grants
Twenty seven foundations totaling $1.5 million, including Christopher Reynolds Foundation, Eastman Foundation, Ford Foundation, IUP Labor Center, Open Society Institute, Peace Development Fund, Public Concern Foundation, Samuel Rubin Foundation, Florence and John Schumann Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Stern Family Fund, Three Rivers Community Fund, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Foundation, United Mineworkers of America, Vanguard Fund, Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, Working Assets, and World Policy Institute.