Becky Pastner

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Adjunct Assistant Professor; Social Sector Consultant

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Haverford College
Master of Public Affairs, LBJ School at The University of Texas at Austin
Teaching Areas:
Topic on Philanthropy and Social Change
Management and Leadership (including Nonprofits)

Becky Pastner is a philanthropic and nonprofit advisor with 20+ years of diverse experience in programmatic, operational, and leadership roles across the social sector. Until June 2022, Becky served as Vice President of Evaluation and Strategic Learning at St. David's Foundation, one of the largest and fastest growing health foundations in the country, investing more than $75 million annually in the Central Texas community through grants and community programs. St. David's Foundation evolved significantly during her 16-year tenure, as did her roles; starting as a graduate student intern, Becky left as a member of the Executive Leadership Team. Prior to her time at St. David's Foundation, Becky held a variety of roles in advocacy and direct-service nonprofits working on education policy and immigration legal services. 

Passionate about strengthening the nonprofit ecosystem, Becky has presented at philanthropic industry conferences on the topic of leadership development and nonprofit capacity building, and is a certified facilitator for the Core Capacity Assessment Tool developed by TCC Group. A graduate of Leadership Austin and the McBee Fellowship with the Austin Area Research Organization, Becky’s volunteer leadership includes serving on the Legacy Leadership Council of The New Philanthropists, whose mission is to create more racially diverse and inclusive nonprofit boards in Austin. 

Becky is a graduate of Haverford College (BA, Political Science) and the LBJ School (MPAff), where she concentrated in Health and Social Policy and received a Certificate in Nonprofit Studies from the RGK Center. A lifelong learner, Becky takes improv theater classes and is pursuing a certificate in Leadership and Performance Coaching from Brown University.

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