Meet KC BECKER,
My four sisters and two 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. I am a strong believer that representative government is the surest way to affect positive change for our children, our neighbors, and our planet–therefore, getting involved in government just made sense to me.
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 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 six years at Interior, most of it Washington, D.C., working on national policy as well as public land issues in Colorado and Wyoming This gave me a strong background in 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, and 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 Burns School of Real Estate in the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver where I earned a MS in Real Estate Development and Construction Management. I loved the education I got there and the two years I spent working for progressive real estate investors because understanding how the private sector works is critical to understanding where we as a state are 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 the 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 two 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, frequenting the local bike park on warm days, and making regular appearances at the North Boulder Rec Center and soccer clubs about town.