Becky Dennison began her tenure as Executive Director with Venice Community Housing in January of 2016. She brings over twenty years of experience in non-profit management, organizational development and community organizing to VCH. Prior to joining VCH, Becky was the Co-Executive Director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) where she worked alongside low-income and homeless leaders in Downtown and South Los Angeles to promote social and racial justice through community organizing, civic participation, and public policy development. She held prior positions in other homeless services and advocacy organizations, and is a guest lecturer and instructor at numerous colleges and universities on topics such as housing policy, criminalization of poverty, and equitable development. A former resident of Venice, she has been active in the neighborhood to ensure the historic diversity and vibrancy is protected and long-term residents can remain in the changing community. Becky graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota.
“I have worked to promote and defend the human right to housing for more than 20 years because I believe that Los Angeles, and all of the neighborhoods within it, must remain affordable and accessible to everyone. Gentrification and mass displacement, including the criminalization of homeless and other extremely low-income residents, are among the most pressing civil rights violations of our time and we must stand up to address them. As part of Venice Community Housing, we are expanding and preserving affordable housing in our neighborhoods, advancing alternatives to gentrification and criminalization, providing high quality and responsive services, and using our collective voice to promote human rights for all Venice residents and low-income residents across our City and County.” Becky Dennison