Becky joined the LNS team in March 2010 and has served as the backbone of the organization ever since, building the critical infrastructure and maintaining the often invisible systems that keep the organization running – finance, operations and fundraising. Within the first few months of joining the team, LNS had a regular payroll and has never missed one since. Although these roles are not Becky’s real passion, she was willing to step in and address critical needs at an important time in LNS’ development.
The organization is now growing rapidly, and poised for more growth. Becky has been a major contributor to where we are today. She is now looking forward to making space in her life to continue working on climate in different roles and arenas.
Work in the environmental, economic justice and social justice movements has always been my focus, and that won’t change; and LNS’s mission won’t become less important to me. However, with everything that’s going on in the world, this is the right time for me to make the space for and start a next chapter.
Before coming to LNS Becky had decades of experience in economic and social justice organizing, energy and environmental policy, and nonprofit management. She served for 12 years as the founding Executive Director of the Midwest States Center, supporting statewide civic engagement coalitions in the Midwest. Prior to that she served as Midwest field director for The Youth Project, a national foundation that supported economic and social justice organizations and civic engagement groups, and before that she directed the Energy Project at the Washington DC-based Center for Policy Alternatives.
Becky has also spent many years in the farm movement, and serves on the board of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. She holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis in transportation and energy from the University of Illinois. She and her writer-publisher-farmer husband Jim Hare raise grass-fed beef on their small Wisconsin farm, 90 miles East of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Their daughter Amber lives in Boston, where she works as senior admissions counselor for the School for Field Studies.
Thank you Becky for your decade of dedication to make LNS the important vehicle it is today in building the labor climate movement!