Becky provides community and economic development planning assistance and project implementation support that builds community and regional leaders’ capacity to strengthen and sustain communities and the economy. Her areas of focus include economic development, nature-based and cultural tourism, Main Street revitalization, and fostering regional collaboration on a range of plans and projects.
Becky’s background lies at the intersection of long-range planning, land use policy, economic development, rural arts, culture, and heritage tourism. She maintains a deep passion for working with communities to help them leverage their historic, cultural, and natural assets to strengthen community cohesion and resilience.
Prior to joining the Extension, Becky was an Executive Director for a rural arts and culture nonprofit organization in Southwest Colorado, where she worked to build collaborative partnerships to increase access to the arts, and deliver impactful programs focused on increasing cultural understanding, and educating about the Southwest’s diverse history and natural environment.
Having lived and worked in remote communities throughout Colorado’s Western Slope, Becky is intimately familiar with having to wear many hats at once. Over the past two-and-a-half decades, she has been a community development director, town planner, Mayor Pro Tem, town administrator, newspaper publisher, radio promotions director, alpine ski instructor and music director for an independent community-supported radio station. In her spare time, she likes to walk her dog, ski, hike and create fiber and textile arts.
Becky holds a Master of Arts in Political Science with a focus on Public Policy from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelor of Arts in History with a Minor in Sociology from Fort Lewis College.