Rebecca Kaduru named president of Institute for Sustainable Communities

Rebecca Kaduru

Rebecca Kaduru, former chief strategy and impact officer at UpStart, has been appointed president of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, a Montpelier-based organization working to reduce climate pollution in the U.S. She joins the ISC after nearly 15 years of working at the intersection of community development, climate and social enterprise.

As an entrepreneur and development professional, Kaduru has spent her career scaling social impact programming globally. Prior to her role at UpStart, she served as managing director for North America at Solidaridad, a global nonprofit organization that builds more equitable, global supply chains. She is also a co-founder of KadAfrica, a social enterprise in East Africa that supports out-of-school girls and young women building sustainable agriculture value chains in rural communities.

“I am very pleased and excited that Rebecca is joining ISC at this pivotal moment,” said ISC board chair LuAnn Bennett. “Her skills and experience working in both the United States and internationally have positioned her well to lead ISC into the future.”

Kaduru is a graduate of Santa Clara University and holds a master's degree in political science from The American University in Cairo.