Fellow Feature: Rebecca Nichols

becky-nicholsLeadership Wisconsin Group XVII Fellow Feature

My name is Rebecca Nichols and I am a third-term alderperson in the City of Menasha. First elected in 2013, I enjoy working with residents, businesses and the greater community to make Menasha a great place to live, work and raise a family. During my tenure, I have been selected by my peers four times to chair the Administration Committee, which considers much of the city’s business before it is referred to the full council for a final vote. I currently serve on the City of Menasha Redevelopment Authority and the Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue Joint Finance and Personnel Committee.

A graduate of New Holstein High School, I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from UW-Oshkosh. After teaching music in Wisconsin public schools until 2008, I made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom. This made time for engagement in community groups and activities, including a local non-profit neighborhood council where I served three terms as the organization’s president. I was appointed to the Elisha D. Smith Public Library Board, and subsequently ran for public office where I continue to serve the City of Menasha.

I am passionate about community. My particular interest lies at the intersection of community and economy. Often times, community development and economic development are contemplated separately; community issues are reserved for the non-profit sector while economic issues are addressed through public/private sector partnerships. I believe all three sectors have a vested interest in creating healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities. What is each player’s role in making that happen? How can they work collaboratively to a achieve community and economic success?

My Leadership Wisconsin experience has helped me focus on these questions and others. It has changed how I think about issues and how I ask questions. It has also taught me the value of listening to understand other perspectives and audiences. I look forward to learning more and putting these skills to work while expanding my networks and leadership capacity throughout the greater community.

My community involvement and leadership experiences would not be possible without the full support of my family. My husband, Jeff, is Vice President of Lending at Evergreen Credit Union. We have two children now; nine-year old Ava and six-year old Carl. Together we enjoy volunteering, meeting new people, family camping, bike rides, walks in the woods, books, ice cream, and trips to the beach.

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