Progressive Democrat Becky Coletta is an attorney and social worker running for Massachusetts State Senate in the Plymouth & Barnstable district, which covers the towns of Pembroke, Kingston, Plymouth, Bourne, Sandwich, and Falmouth.
Born in New Orleans, Becky was active in her youth in several organizations that laid the foundation for a lifetime of progressive service and commitment to social justice, including working with the St. Vincent de Paul Society to serve the homeless population in New Orleans, tutoring Cambodian refugees through the Catholic Youth Organization as a high school student, and serving as the president of the local chapter of Youth ARC, an organization that works with people with developmental disabilities.
Becky attended Loyola University where she earned a B.A. in Communications. She was the editor of Loyola's award-winning newspaper, the Maroon, and a member of the Young Democrats. She went on to earn her law degree from New York University School of Law in 1990, earning honors as the top all-around graduate in her class and serving as an editor-in-chief of the NYU Review of Law and Social Change, a progressive law journal formed in the 1960s.
During law school, Becky’s willingness to fight for others and commitment to activism truly took shape. Her focus during those years was on civil rights and social justice: she worked with the NYU Civil Rights Clinic; served on the steering committee of Law Women, organizing buses to travel to D.C. for the pro-choice March for Women's Lives and mentoring young law students; and acted as the coordinator for a battered women court accompaniment program, advocating for the rights of domestic violence victims.
After law school Becky went to work for international law firm Morrison & Foerster, where she continued to bring her activism and advocacy to bear in her law practice. In addition to litigating intellectual property and contract disputes, Becky brought in pro bono work advocating for battered women and worked on an immigrants' rights brief.
Becky went on to work for the world's first private international satellite communications operator, PanAmSat, where she eventually rose to role of Associate General Counsel. There, Becky had a front row seat to the opening up of the world's communication markets, working on anti-trust issues and business transactions that broke monopolistic strangleholds on the international flow of communications.
In 2001, Becky was introduced to her now-husband Bob. They got married a year a later and in 2003 they moved to Hanson, where Becky became active in the community and in local politics. She joined several community organizations and committees, including the Kiwanis Club and the Cable TV Advisory Committee, and was elected to the Hanson Board of Selectmen in 2004.
At the same time, Becky also went back to school to get her Masters degree in Social Work from Bridgewater State. Having experienced addiction and substance abuse issues within her own family, Becky’s decision to pursue social work was personal. Her experiences in the social work field strongly influence Becky's belief that we must do more to address the issues of substance abuse and mental health in our communities with evidenced-based programs to serve those who need assistance.
Following the birth of her son in 2007, Becky and her family moved to Pembroke, where they’ve lived for the past twelve years. Her law practice expanded to include working with a civil engineering company on wastewater management, drainage and flooding, and coastal restoration, and a well-known national consumer information non-profit. Becky has been active in political campaigns for South Shore Democratic candidates for nearly a decade and is a member of the Pembroke Democratic Town Committee. She was elected to the Pembroke Planning Board in 2014 and re-elected in 2019; she has served as the Chair of that board since 2018.
At every stage in her life, Becky has been the person who was willing to stand up and speak out, whether against injustice or in support of civil rights. Her diversity of experience in over 30 years of law, social work, advocacy and activism makes Becky uniquely situated to address the variety of issues facing the Plymouth & Barnstable district.
Legal & Professional Experience
- Law Partner & Real Estate Broker
- Associate General Counsel, Satellite Communications firm
- Intellectual Property Attorney
- Social worker
- Law Clerk
Civic & Municipal Experience
- Pembroke Planning Board, Chair
- South Shore Women's Business Network
- Pembroke Chamber of Commerce
- Pembroke Democratic Town Committee
- Road to Responsibility Human Rights
- Old Colony Planning Council delegate
- Hanson Board of Selectmen
- Hanson Kiwanis Club
- Bridgewater State University, M.S.W.
- New York University Law, J.D.
- Loyola University, B.A.
- Resident of Pembroke
- Married to Bob Coletta, son Luca