Becky Whitley currently serves as the state senator from District 15, representing Concord, Penacook, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner. Her entire career has been committed to social justice and public service, as a disability rights lawyer, climate activist and organizer, and child health policy specialist and advocate. Senator Whitley currently sits on the Senate Judiciary and Health and Human Services Committees and the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR).
Becky received a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from George Washington University and J.D. from Vermont Law School. After graduating from law school, she worked at the Disability Rights Center – NH (DRC) as a staff attorney, representing individuals navigating New Hampshire’s complicated service delivery system. During her time at DRC, Becky specialized in children’s issues and Medicaid policy, working with children and families involved in multiple systems. She worked on vital issues such as access to appropriate medical, special education and other community-based services, and developed a profound understanding of the programs and services available to New Hampshire children and families, as well as the significant system barriers and gaps.
From 2015-2017, Becky transitioned from practicing law to working with the Environmental Defense Fund as a consultant and climate organizer for Moms Clean Air Force. During this time, she worked with a diverse group of activists, stakeholders, and elected officials to build public and political support for climate action and to highlight the impact of climate change on children’s health.
Most recently, Becky was the Policy Director for the New Hampshire Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative, a system transformation project housed at New Futures. Using a deep knowledge of funding mechanisms, system barriers, and federal and state policy, Becky worked with stakeholders to identify and implement policies to transform the way we care for youth with behavioral health challenges and improve access to essential healthcare services.