Rebecca Van Bergen

Founder and Executive Director, Nest

Focus Area: Global Artisan Empowerment

Rebecca van Bergen is the Founder and Executive Director of U.S.-based nonprofit Nest. Over nearly ten years, Rebecca has led Nest to bring unprecedented visibility and viability to women who comprise the global community of artisans and homeworkers. Rebecca graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006 and immediately founded Nest, at the age of 24. Rebecca’s was recognized as Voss Water Foundation’s 2015 Women Helping Women honoree, a PBS change maker, and CNN’s Young Person Who Rocks. Nest received membership to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2015 and has been honored by the White House as one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurial Enterprises led by a young person.

Nest is a nonprofit committed to advancing global artisans, their families, and their communities by helping them build sustainable businesses within the competitive landscape of today’s global economy. Leveraging craft development as a tool for social change, Nest helps artisans achieve poverty alleviation, women’s empowerment, and cultural preservation. Via in-depth assessment, Nest brings unprecedented visibility to artisan women and homeworkers in the informal sector. With hands-on tools, training, and infrastructure, Nest makes artisan businesses increasingly viable.

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