becca rutenberg

Becca is the Chief Operating Officer of the Novus Group, with a primary focus in municipal lobbying. She has a strong background in crisis communications, community process, government affairs and public relations support across many industry sectors.  Becca works with clients in emerging industries to assist them in shaping public policy at the local level.  Much of her work centers around medical and recreational marijuana policy.

Prior to joining the Novus Group, Becca worked for Cambridge City Councillor Leland Cheung.  She played an instrumental role in crafting legislation relative to innovation zoning, land use, and telecommunications. In 2012, Becca was recognized as one of the nation’s leading female campaigners under age 30 for her efforts on the American Association of University Women's 'It's My Vote: I Will Be Heard!' campaign. Her work has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, CNN, Seventeen Magazine, and several academic publications. 

Becca is a graduate of Boston University with a Master of the Arts and Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science. A Magna Cum Laude graduate, she has her degree specialization in public policy implementation. Her honors thesis, Running in Heels: Evaluating Women Candidates for Office in the Age of Appearance, placed a heavy emphasis on survey methods and statistical analysis and was awarded university funding. She is originally from Philadelphia.

Who is your personality doppelgänger? Why?

Monica Geller from Friends uses a dustbuster to clean the outside of her vacuum. She just gets me.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Our firm takes innovative approaches to solving problems every day, and no idea is ever too zany to throw out there. I love that we do whatever it takes to make it happen. 

What do you like to read?

As wonky as it sounds, I’m a sucker for any articles that explore public policy and issues facing cities and neighborhoods. I read CityLab religiously on the train every morning, and am subscribed to a ton of policy newsletters.