WGR Featured Member: Rebecca Maxie

Rebecca Maxie
Grassroots Officer, [email protected], United Nations Foundation

Favorite DC Restaurant: Iíve only lived in DC a little over a year, so Iím still experimenting with new food to find my favorite place!
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Fun Fac
t: I attended a performing arts academy (for singing) for high school.
About Rebecca: In my current position, I lead national grassroots efforts on behalf of the United Nations Foundationís [email protected] campaign, which works to decrease the 1.5 million deaths every year from vaccine-preventable diseases around the world (nearly ľ of all childhood deaths). Before my current position at the UN Foundation, I spent over a decade working on or managing political campaigns and causes for a variety of issues across the country through leadership roles in national political consulting firms in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, Nevada. I hold a Masterís Degree in Political Management from George Washington University and a Bachelorís Degree in Political Science from the University of the Pacific in California.

What attracted you to WGR and how has it helped you personally & professionally? A friend recommended WGR to me, and I am always looking for great opportunities to surround myself with strong, determined, and supportive women. Even though I just joined, I am excited about the prospects of building relationships with the wonderful women involved in the group and furthering my professional development.

What advice do your have for young women entering the field? When it comes to going after your dream job, donít sell yourself short! Be confident in your abilities and what you can achieve. Hard work and determination will help prepare you for the opportunities that come along, but even if you are in an internship somewhere or in a position you donít want to be in for long term, try to learn as much as you can from each and every experience that comes your way.

What inspires you?
I am very inspired by seeing results from my work, whether that means winning an election or motivating a new volunteer to get politically active for the first time. I am also inspired by the people I surround myself with and their stories. Those connections push me when I am tired and remind me of why I do the work I do.

What skills do you think are most important in government affairs and why?
Being flexible is helpful to most fields, but I have found it vital in both electoral work and government affairs work. When Plan A doesnít work out, you need to be prepared with a Plan B and Plan C, etc. and be willing to change your methods to achieve the goal you are working towards. It sometimes feels like our work is like trying to solve a never-ending Rubikís cube, but if you are willing to push yourself and try out different approaches (and listen to people around you, even if you donít take their exact advice), it is much easier to find a solution!

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