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Executive Director of the System Dynamics Society
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Rebecca began her career as a strategy consultant at Monitor Company, honed her skills as a systems thinking facilitator at GKA Inc, worked as VP of Affordable Housing Acquisitions for Boston Financial, and built her own Systems Thinking consultancy through which she was a key contributor to the ReThink Health Initiative, Climate Interactive’s Agritopia, and Dialogos’ work for the US Forestry Service. She has spent more than 25 years supporting corporate and philanthropic clients including Vistaprint, Elizabeth Dole Foundation, AT&T, Ford, Smithkline Beecham, Shell, Amoco, and USDA. Her expertise is using collaborative causal mapping and System Dynamics simulation models to help multi-sector collaboratives think together better. Rebecca trained in Systems Dynamics in Jay Forrester’s Pre-College Education Project and John Sterman's class while pursuing a BS in Civil Engineering and an MBA from MIT. She has served on the Society Policy Council and been a guest lecturer at MIT, Wharton, Dartmouth, and Brown. When not working as a systems thinking evangelist, Rebecca loves to travel the world. Pre-covid travels included Mexico, Chile, Morocco, Brazil, Uganda and Iceland to spend time with school children, whale sharks, camels, street art, gorillas and waterfalls. When stuck at home, she enjoys gardening, swimming, dancing, and renovating properties.

Rebecca
Niles
United States
Massachusetts
Littleton
System Dynamics Society
Executive Director
Non-profit
1970 – 1979
Female
English
None, Africa Regional, ASEAN, Oceania (Australasia), BeNeLux, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Iran, Indonesia, Italian (SYDIC), Japan, Korea, Latin America, Nigerian, Pakistan, Russian, South Africa, Student, Swiss, Taiwan, United Kingdom
Agriculture and Food, Asset Dynamics, Biomedical, Security Stability and Resilience, Economics, Education, Energy, Environmental, Health Policy, Model Analysis, Pre-College Education, Psychology and Human Behavior, Structural Racism, Transportation, Water
Master’s
Health Care Providers & Services, Philanthropy, Professional Services, Real Estate Management & Development
I am a System Dynamicist and System Thinker
Qualitative AND quantitative work
Practitioner - You create models or maps for others
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