Rebecca A. Freeman, Emerging Professional Award 2016

A native Tucsonan, Rebecca Freeman was a UA student-athlete, playing Division I Soccer (captain her senior year) while earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Retailing and Consumer Science in 2010.  Upon graduation, Rebecca took a research position with the Norton School’s Take Charge America Institute (TCAI) where she worked on a congressionally mandated study to research the accuracy of credit reports.

In 2011, Rebecca became an Instructional Specialist in the Take Charge America Institute where she coordinated the student leadership group, the Take Charge Cats (formerly the Credit-Wise Cats).  The Take Charge Cats was a team of 10-15 UA students who worked as financial education ambassadors, who would go into the community on and off campus, providing financial education and workshops.  The Cats program was featured as one of the Top 10 “Must Do’ items for incoming UA Freshman in 2014.  Becky also worked on the Take Charge Today project, the TCAI’s flagship program that provided educators across the country with ready-to-teach, activity based lesson plans focused on personal finance.  In addition, she conducted workshops and exhibits on behalf of the Institute throughout the state and at national conferences.

Rebecca became Deputy Director of the Governor’s Southern Arizona Office in 2015 where she represents the interests of seven Southern Arizona counties to the Governor.  In her spare time, Rebecca coaches youth soccer and has been involved with Tucson Soccer Academy for almost 10 years.  Most recently, she became head coach of the girl’s varsity team at Salpointe High School where she was named the 2015-16 Coach-of-the-Year by the AZ Daily Star. She truly has made a difference in her team’s expertise as soccer players and they have developed into strong young individuals both on and off the field.


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