Rebecca's work in the education sector bridges direct service, community engagement, policy, and advocacy. She contributes to the foundation’s external communications, outreach, project planning and design efforts, seeking to elevate the voices of those across the state and country who are challenging traditional paradigms in education.
Most of Rebecca's time is spent on ReSchool Colorado, a multi-year initiative launched in 2013 that became a stand-alone non-profit organization in 2018. As Advocate Network Lead, Rebecca has seen this essential component of the ReSchool system from conception to ideation to implementation. Now she leads a team of Advocates in building the agency of families and kids to navigate their learning and lives.
Prior to serving in this role, Rebecca was the founding Director of Community Engagement at Rocky Mountain Prep, a Denver charter school network where she empowered families with the knowledge and tools to be lifelong advocates for their children. Before that, she was an Education Policy Fellow here at DK and published a report on parent empowerment and advocacy titled “The Parent Engagement Continuum in High-Performing Charter Schools” that served as the basis for her strategic vision at Rocky Mountain Prep.
Rebecca currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Gathering Place, Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty or homelessness. A native New Englander, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Vermont with a degree in social work and Spanish. She approaches her work through the lens of justice and self-determination, focusing on issues of parent empowerment, choice and access. She is passionate about politics, civic activism, and building and sustaining community.