Becca is responsible for ensuring that our New York campus attracts, developed and retains a diverse group of highly effective educators, while also providing HR services to all employees.
Becca Howlett brings a lifelong commitment to education and more than a decade of talent experience to her role as the director of people and culture at Avenues New York. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that our New York campus attracts, developed and retains a diverse group of highly effective educators, while also providing HR services to all employees.
Becca started her career as a social studies teacher in New York City public schools. After six years of teaching, she joined Achievement First, a high-performing charter school network. During her 11-year tenure, she advanced from the organization’s first teacher recruiter to vice president of recruitment, growing the talent function from a team of one to 23, while the organization expanded from five schools to 31 and from 50 to 1300 colleagues. Becca successfully developed and implemented talent practices aimed at identifying, recruiting and retaining world-class teachers. She also was a leader in the organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, achieving major increases in applications and hires from diverse candidates.
Becca is also the founder of a non-profit organization, Literacy for Incarcerated Teens, aimed at building libraries for incarcerated youth. She earned a B.A. in history at the University of Connecticut and an M.S.Ed from Bank Street College. In her spare time, you can find Becca at a playground with her two children thinking about ways to improve the use of play space within our public park system.