Rebecca recently moved back to Fergus Falls and is currently working at West Central Inititaive (WCI) as their Director of Development. After just 3 months on the job she has already visited 25 of the 82 Cities that WCI serves along with six County Commissioners’ meetings in the nine counties of the WCI region (Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Ottertail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, Wilkin). While Fergus Falls is where she lives, she considers the 9 county region to be her new “home.” Rebecca is no stranger to the region. For 17 years she served as the Executive Director of A Center for the Arts, working with a Board of
Directors to successfully complete a capital campaign and theater renovation project in 1997. In 2001, A Center for the Arts partnered with Artspace Projects to finance and renovate the Kaddatz Hotel which now houses 10 artist live/work spaces, two gallery spaces, studio space and rehearsal space. For the past seven years she had been working in Duluth as Executive Director of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) where she successfully introduced “Interest Based Bargaining,” through two contract negotiation cycles between management and musicians. Before leaving the DSSO, along with Board and staff, she was able to bring about an annual fund drive that succeeded in raising $500,000 for the operating budget. Rebecca liks connecting people and resources which is why development is one of her favorite areas of work in the non-profit sector.
She also worked at the Fargo Moorhead Opera, and was a section player, as well as a board member, for the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. She is a substitute violinist for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra and a writer for area magazines.Petersen has a BA in music from the University of Vermont, has done advanced studies in early childhood development, and was a participant in the Creative Community Leadership Institute class of 2013 in the Twin Ports (Duluth/Superior). She has been awarded a Jerome Travel Study grant, a Bush Leadership fellowship, and the Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Commitment.