Rebecca Kaduru: President

Rebecca Kaduru

Monpelier, VT – Rebecca Kaduru, a social impact and economic empowerment expert, has been appointed as President of the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), an organization that works to create equitable climate change solutions around the world. Kaduru joins 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. Most recently, she was Chief Strategy and Impact Officer at UpStart, where she led a national social impact accelerator program supporting community-led systems change across the US. Previously, she was Managing Director, North America for 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.

ISC creates equitable climate change solutions around the world by forming collaborative, people-focused partnerships that support communities disproportionately impacted by the global climate crisis. Since its founding in 1991, ISC has worked with nearly 800 communities across 31 countries to mitigate the impact of climate change, ensuring solutions emerge from within communities rather than being imposed from the outside. Projects focus on disinvested communities throughout the world, with specific attention paid to the impact systemic racism and gender inequity have in communities, workforces, and industrial sectors as they move toward a just transition. For more information, visit