Rep. Becker at House Finance

My 4 sisters and 2 step siblings will say that it’s no surprise that I am running for political office. From an early age, my parents taught me the importance of giving back to my community. As a strong believer that representative government is the surest way to affect positive change for our children, our neighbors, and our planet, for me, that meant getting involved in government.

I graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1991 with a BA in Government. I promptly moved west, ending up in Portland Oregon to attend Lewis and Clark Law School. I graduated from law school in May, 1996 with a concentration in Environmental Law. After serving as President of the Public Interest Law Project there, I continued my commitment to public service. I was lucky enough to get my dream job when I was accepted into the Department of the Interior’s Honors Program. I spent over 6 years at Interior, most of it Washington, D.C. working on national policy as well as public land issues in Colorado and Wyoming, giving me a strong background on the water, public land, and environmental issues in our own backyards.

I came to Boulder in 2002, and quickly got involved with the Sierra Club, Indian Peaks Group. I left Interior in 2003, wanting to still work on environmental issues, but from a different perspective. I had always worked on public land issues, but decided that cities have as much impact on our environmental heritage as does preserving open lands. Understanding how cities are built, how and where they are developed, what values they reflect, became a real interest of mine. I also wanted to understand the business world. A good friend always told me if you don’t like the way something is done, learn how to do it yourself. So I spent a year at the University of Denver’s Sturm School of Business where I earned a MS in Real Estate Development and Construction Management. I loved the education I got there and the 2 years I spent working for 2 progressive real estate investors because understanding how the private sector works is critical to understanding where we as a state is headed.

I didn’t stay involved in the private sector for long, as I started having kids and moved my interests closer to home. I served on Boulder’s Planning Board before being elected to a 4-year term of the Boulder city council in November, 2009. Serving on city council was an amazing privilege and opportunity. I served on the Boulder Urban Renewal Authority and as the city’s representative to the Denver Regional Council of Governments. During my time on Council, I worked on diverse issues from homelessness to our energy future; from dealing with decreasing budgets to looking at new funding for transportation infrastructure and enhancements. It is always interesting and always a privilege to serve my community.


My husband Miles and I are parents of 2 rambunctious boys. Leo attends Flatirons Elementary and Ryder is enjoying his time at Alaya Preschool. They are both Colorado boys, climbing with Dad when they can, enjoying the local bike park on warm days, and making regular appearances at the North Boulder Rec Center and soccer clubs about town.