Profile of Rebecca Lisi

Rebecca Lisi is a native of Long Island, NY who came to the Pioneer Valley in 2002 to work for the citizens’ lobby group Clean Water Action.

As a community organizer and policy advocate, Rebecca worked hard every day to protect the environment and public health.   She played an important role in teaching citizens how to talk with their elected officials about the issues facing their communities and how to navigate the political process.

In 2003, she and her husband, Damian Cote, bought their home at 25 Reservation Rd. in Holyoke and immediately began setting roots and becoming actively involved in the community.

Rebecca has been an active member of the Holyoke Youth Task Force, the Holyoke YMCA, Holyoke Unites/Holyoke Se Une, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Nueva Esperanza, Holyoke’s flagship Latino organization.

Rebecca is also a founding member of the citizens’ network C.R.U.S.H (Citizens for the Revitalization and Urban Success of Holyoke) whose mission is to create positive change in Holyoke by facilitating connections between people, resources, and ideas.

Rebecca believes that in a democratic society, the people have the power to make the world what they want and is involved in politics because she wants to ensure that ALL Holyokers have access to decision-making processes.  Rebecca hopes that her political involvement will inspire other residents to get involved in shaping and enjoying their community.

Rebecca is driven by her passion for participatory politics and in 2008 began a graduate program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science.

Rebecca is happy serving the Holyoke community as a City Councilor at-Large and believes that she brings an important, fresh perspective to the decisions made by the City Council.