Executive Director at Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions
Becky Rafter has been active in movements for systemic social change for about 15 years. The daughter of a nurse and an Episcopal priest, Becky came of age in Tennessee and Alabama, even though her family is from the north. She attended Agnes Scott College and graduated with a BA in international relations and Spanish. Becky began a career advocating for women’s health with Feminist Women’s Health Center and NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia. Due to pivotal relationships she built in those institutions, she began seeking deeper knowledge of how, why, and with what support structural racism operates in our society and collective strategies to disrupt, discredit, and dismantle it. She built with Project South, the Georgia Citizens Coalition on Hunger, and the Coalition for the People’s Agenda. She began working at the Fund for Southern Communities, a social justice foundation, to help move resources to community-based organizations working on their own behalf to tackle systemic issues plaguing their families. From there, she did four-year stint in NYC, where she received an MPA in international policy and nonprofit management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. In NYC, Becky continued working in social justice philanthropy, conducted research with the NYC participatory budgeting campaign, and supported leadership development of NYC social justice movement leaders. Currently, Becky is settled back in Atlanta, living in East Lake Commons, a co-housing community near Decatur. She serves as the executive director of Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (Georgia WAND), a multiracial, women-led, grassroots organization seeking to redirecting federal resources from the Pentagon to human and environmental needs, especially in East Georgia where the community of Shell Bluff faces, among other issues, a health crisis related to its proximity to a nuclear weapons facility and an expanding nuclear power plant. Becky works closely with the Georgia Water Coalition, the Just Energy Circle, and the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. She is currently on the board of ProGeorgia, the statewide table for collaboration around civic engagement.
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