Vice-Chair and North Central Region Director

Rebecca Power

Rebecca Power is Director of the 12-state North Central Region Water Network and leads a range of other water outreach programs at the University of Wisconsin-Extension. During her 20 years with UW-Extension, she co-directed the six-state Great Lakes Regional Water Program and served as a local natural resource educator in the Upper Fox and Wolf River Basins. In each of these positions, her role has been to work with natural resource leaders locally, across the Upper Midwest, and nationally to identify strategic opportunities and develop teams and programs to address those opportunities. 

Rebecca has been a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society for over 12 years, served on the SWCS Annual Conference Planning Committee for six years, chaired the Committee for three years, and supported local conference planning for the 2017 conference held in Madison, Wisconsin. She also serves on the SWCS Science and Policy Committee. Rebecca began her career with a private consulting firm restoring savannas, prairies, wetlands in the Upper Midwest, and spent eight years with the US Fish and Wildlife Service using adaptive management strategies in the restoration of savanna ecosystems. She is an active birder and botanizer, now putting her skills to work with the Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund near her home in southeastern Wisconsin. Her free time also goes to art photography and painting as a way to share the wonders of our world with a broader audience.