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Conservancy’s new development director inspired by nature

Becky Rosaler joined the Conservancy in October as its new development director. Courtesy photo

Conservancy’s new development director inspired by nature

A biologist at heart, Becky Rosaler is a San Diego native calling North County home for all but her college years.

Her early years of family camping trips, Girls Scouts and Zoo School led her to study environmental biology in college and instilled a passion for nature and conservation. Classes and labs included field trips to Yosemite and the Channel Islands, observing animal behavior in the lab, and field study in Central America.

Becky joined the Conservancy in October as the development director, where she leads communications and marketing, assists with donors and fundraising, and much more.

“I am excited to join the Escondido Creek Conservancy and the important work that is being done to meet the environmental challenges of the moment,” she said. “I look forward to partnering with you all in enjoying our local lands, working to conserve more open space in North County, and inviting our neighbors to join us!”

Her first job after graduating was teaching outdoor education at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point where she quickly became a residential camp coordinator for the Chaparral to Ocean Science School. Passing on her passion for the outdoors by teaching fifth and sixth graders about the amazing ecosystems here in Southern California corelates with the Conservancy’s habitats programs.

Becky began working with the marketing, events, and fundraising team at the Ocean Institute, which changed her career focus to the support roles necessary for programs to be accomplished. Most recently, she was fundraising for two San Diego-based international nonprofits to empower local leaders to drive change in their communities.

These organizations focus on poverty alleviation, environmental restoration, regenerative agriculture and food security. Feeling a draw to concentrate her efforts closer to home, she began graduate school and will complete a master’s degree in Resilient and Sustainable Communities by the end of this year.

“Those of us in San Diego need to rise to the same level of responsibility that I saw while equipping subsistence farmers in developing countries to restore their watersheds,” Becky said. “It is not only important to protect our open spaces, but we need to steward them to the challenges created by climate change and the pressures faced by development. It is all connected because we’re all connected. By preserving and restoring the Escondido Creek watershed, we are doing our part to lessen the impacts of climate change on the beautiful farming families I’ve met in rural Oaxaca, the hills above Port-au-Prince, and the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.”