Rebecca Casper grew up in Arizona and has lived around the United States. But, she chose Idaho Falls as the place to raise her four children—two sons and two daughters—all of whom have attended, or are currently attending, Idaho Falls' schools.
She is currently serving as Mayor of Idaho Falls and has since 2014.
She was an adjunct professor at both BYU-Idaho and Eastern Idaho Technical College where she tought foundational courses on American government. Rebecca earned her BA in 1985 and MA in 1987 in Political Science from BYU-Provo and her Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley in 1998. Prior to earning her degrees, she worked as a research associate at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C.
Rebecca's experiences in the private sector come from ownership of Omnia Strategies, a political and professional consulting business. In this capacity, she managed issue and candidate campaigns, conducted issue research, cultivated political relationships for clients, and advocated for issues at the local and state level, including water policies and economic development. Rebecca chaired the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce's Legislative Committee and was appointed by Governor Otter to the Line 2.0 Commission where she has advocated for future missions for the Idaho National Laboratory, in particular the Small Modular Reactor. She has been active in both county and region GOP politics.
She is actively involved in her children's education and has served in a variety of capacities with Idaho Falls School District 91. She previously served as chair of the District 91 Education Foundation. She is a co-founder and served as the first director of the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund program, which provides awards to local students in grades 8-12.
Her favorite escapes include movies, cooking and biking.
2003 - Board Member and former Chair District 91 Education Foundation
2005 - Volunteer of the Year, Idaho Falls School District 91
2006 - Co-founder and first director of the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund (MFS) program, which provides awards to local students in grades 8-12
2006 - Rebecca has owned the small business Omnia Strategies, a political and professional consulting business
2007 - Founding Board Member, Eastern Idaho Water Rights Coalition. Rebecca also served as Board Administrator
2007 - Rebecca was appointed by Governor Otter to serve on the Comprehensive Aquifer Management Planning Committee (CAMP). She, along with other committee members from throughout the state were tasked with studying the use and management of the Snake Plain Aquifer
2008 - Chair, Co-chair, or member of the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce's Legislative Committee
2008 - Served on the Department of Education’s Dual Credit Task Force. This was a statewide group of parents and educators studied the states policies with respect to helping HS students receive college credit for advanced level HS coursework.
2009 - Steering Committee Member, Idaho Falls Chamber Legislative Tour
2010 - Steering Committee of Mayor’s Business Day
2010 - Member of the DARE Commission, tasked to review the effectiveness of the local DARE program in local schools
2011 - Focus Group Member for the state Department of Education to examine the state’s readiness and compliance with a waiver application for the federal No-Child-Left-Behind Application
2011 - Rebecca was one of several local community leaders invited to study the desirability and feasibility of adopting the New-Tech learning model. After researching the program, the group endorsed the adoption of the New Tech curriculum resulting in the opening of D91-Compass Academy.
2011 - Co-Directed the “Event Center Vote Yes” Campaign to establish the Idaho Falls Auditorium District
2011 - Cliff Long Service Award Recipient
2012 - Wayne C. Hammond Award, Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce
2013 - Appointed by Governor Otter to the prestigious Line 2.0 Commission to enhance the Idaho National Laboratory and secure Idaho's future with respect to nuclear energy.
2013 - Elected Mayor with 54% of the vote in a four-way race.
2014-Present - Served as Mayor of Idaho Falls.
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