Becca Spence Dobias, M.A. — Client Service Associate
LF Leadership’s Client Service Associate, Becca Spence Dobias’s multifaceted background includes expertise in Women’s and Gender Studies, Appalachian identity, community-based research, and higher education administration. She has been working with nonprofits in the Inland Empire since she moved to the area in 2008.
Prior to joining LF Leadership’s team, she spent two years as the Coordinator of Undergraduate Research in the Community for the University of California, Riverside, as which she connected students, faculty, and community partners to engage in community-based research projects and facilitated a reflection and dialogue seminar for participating students.
As an AmeriCorps VISTA with Youth Service California and Riverside Unified School District, Becca oversaw the implementation of a grant which supported the creation of Cesar Chavez After School Service Clubs and assisted the school district with its grant writing endeavors.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Guilford College, where she was a member of the Bonner Scholars program, a program which supports low-income college students with financial assistance and professional development opportunities as they perform community service and act in community leadership positions. As a Bonner Scholar, Becca was the Project Coordinator for Glen Haven Multicultural After School Tutorial Program and helped plan service trips to the Crow Reservation in Montana, Nicaragua, and India. As an undergraduate she completed internships with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and the Charles Village Community Benefits District and founded the Greensboro Women’s Collective.
Becca holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Women’s Studies and a certificate in Preparing Future Faculty from Claremont Graduate University, where her research focused on race, class, and gender in subcultures, connections between women’s issues and the exploitation of Appalachia (including her home state of West Virginia), and Appalachian students in higher education. While at CGU, Becca was awarded an Albert B Friedman grant to fund her internship with The Doula Project in New York City, a Maguire Fellowship to act as a teaching assistant at Pitzer College, and a Hillcrest Transdisciplinary Award to study LGBT youth suicide.
Becca is on the board of the Inlandia Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the literary, artistic, and cultural heritage, of Inland Southern California.
She is the founder and owner of Conscious Continuations Doula Services. She enjoys yoga and spending time with her husband and new son.