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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

Rebecca Matsco

Chairwoman, Board of Supervisors

Potter Township, Beaver County

A Michigan native, Rebecca Matsco has lived in Pennsylvania for nearly 30 years. Her upbringing emphasized giving, and she regularly volunteered with her parents in church, in nursing homes and community groups.

Matsco’s education in management and organizational development supported work in the nonprofit sector.

Matsco and her husband, Mark, have raised three sons in the Beaver County countryside. They lived in Germany for several years, where they experienced concepts of sustainable development that have since influenced Matsco’s approach to public policy.

On the township board, she has the role of “ambassador,” interacting with county, state and federal entities and leaders, serving on the board of the chamber of commerce, Beaver County’s economic development partnership and the regional council of governments.

It was early in this position that Matsco and the Potter Township board had to adapt to the communication challenges that came with the Shell petrochemical plant. She regrets how a few of the early interviews went but has since risen to the occasion.

“I have learned that it is wiser to risk extra time to think clearly or consult with others, than it is to try satisfying every interview request with poorly-formed responses. I have had to earn the respect and trust of my fellow board members, who are now glad to have me represent our interests,” she said.

Matsco enjoys reading and gardening in her private time but is gladly interrupted by residents stopping to chat about local issues – or by one of her six grandchildren.

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