Name: Rebecca Label
What years have you lived in Lawrenceville? 2012-present
Why did you move to Lawrenceville? I’d lived in the same Bloomfield apartment for about seven years and when my partner and I decided to buy our first home together, and we wanted to be part of a vibrant neighborhood with walking access to shops, groceries, parks and more. We found our home in Central Lawrenceville and couldn’t be happier.
Current job title (if employed): Data Courier Administrator & Environment Manager.
Why do you want to be on the LU Board? I’m fortunate enough to be in a place in my life where I have the time, energy, and ability to give back to the community.
Volunteer, Non-Profit, or Board Experience: I’m currently a Prototype Pittsburgh Board member also on their fundraising committee, I’ve been a Community Garden member for 4 years, Bike Pittsburgh volunteer at events (pre-covid) and I’ve been working in the non-profit world for 8 years.
What makes Lawrenceville unique? Why? I love Lawrenceville because I can walk to multiple grocery stores, local shops, restaurants and Arsenal Park. I don’t think I could ever again live more than a few blocks from a big park!
What is one thing you would like to work on within the neighborhood? Why? Pedestrian & Bike safety. I used to bike back when it was much less safe in the city so I’ve first hand experienced the increase in safety, the awareness, and support for bikers. I have even been able to get some friends into biking because it has been so much more welcoming. I was able to sell my car several years ago making my partner and I a one-car-household but because I primarily rely on walking I think that pedestrian safety needs to continue to be thought about especially as the development happens. When walking my dog to Arsenal she would see the park across the street and get very excited, and it was always an anxious scenario crossing the street with her. Most of the time I would just pick her up to carry her but the new signals have been so wonderful and improved our daily walks so much- I would love to be a part of continuing that work. (And also riverfront access!)
How are you involved in the Lawrenceville community? Not enough! I have a spot at the Community Garden, I try to patronage the Farmers Market, I go to Bernard Dog Run and I join the Lawrenceville United zoom meetings when I can. Being on the board would give some structure and definition to volunteer work, which I’m looking forward too regardless of the boards decision.
What would you bring to the LU Board (e.g. experience, skills, perspective, network, etc.)?
- Technology skills: General Information Management & Security, Non-profit software management (techsoup), website security, website design, data collection and analysis, G-Suite Administrator. Other work and technology skills can be found at www.rebecca412.com
- Perspective: Public transportation- longtime bus user, bike rider, walker
- Network: I’ve done a lot of fundraising events at bars and restaurants that I have connections to, and have used other community relationships to gather thousands of dollars in raffle items for events.
What’s one fun fact that others might be surprised to know about you? I’m an avid traveler even though I don’t love flying! I’ve been to a dozen countries across four continents, and I’m looking forward to being able to safely travel again.