Becky is passionate about connecting people to each other, and the power that we share when led to act on our beliefs. She has found that people of all faiths and backgrounds share a commitment to fairness and the dignity of all workers.
Becky started working in restaurants at the age of 14 in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, and managed a retail store before entering a career in social work and teaching. Ultimately, her desire to work on the core causes of poverty, rather than symptoms, led Becky to be trained in community organizing by ICWJ’s national affiliate, Interfaith Worker Justice. Over the years, Becky has held several roles with ICWJ: field organizer; acting director; board member. She led our Black Friday Walmart Rally and a successful fight to protect local living wage ordinances.
In January, 2017, Becky returned to ICWJ after several years as the Coordinator of Social Justice Programs at First Unitarian Society of Madison. She also serves on the board of Madison-area Urban Ministry and the Stewardship of Public Policy Committee of the WI Council of Churches.
Becky has a spouse and two teenage children. Her favorite thing about living in Madison is paddling in Wisconsin rivers and lakes.
Bruce has spent most of his working life in the nonprofit sector, having worked in the community development, international conservation, and social justice sectors. He and his family moved to Madison in 2003 from Costa Rica, his wife’s native country. Initially he worked as a major gifts program officer with the University of Wisconsin Foundation representing the environmental units of the UW-Madison. He subsequently headed up Wisconsin Community Fund, which provided early-stage funding to small and emerging social justice groups throughout the State. He started work with ICWJ in October, which he complements with consulting work in nonprofit management and training.
Having worked for a multi-issue grantmaking organization, he enjoys the opportunity that ICWJ affords to take a deeper dive into the issue of economic justice. He notes that “working to give voice to the folks on the lower end of the economic ladder is very satisfying.”
Geri Gerard, Bookkeeper