A New Hampshire Native
Rebecca Perkins Kwoka is from Stratham, NH and her family owned the Exeter Dairy Queen growing up. Rebecca can run a drive-thru and put together a hamburger and fries with the best of them. Rebecca’s family employed 10-15 people throughout her childhood, and knows how tight the margins in these small, independent businesses can be. She also understands how important the summer season revenue can be for year-round survival.
A Career of Service
Rebecca has served two terms as a City Councilor for the City of Portsmouth, where she was elected on a platform of affordable and workforce housing, a critical piece in attracting and retaining young professionals in New Hampshire. Rebecca proposed and chaired the City’s Housing Committee, which produced comprehensive zoning changes to address housing prices in Portsmouth. Rebecca served on the Planning Board, Renewable Energy Committee, and was a member of the Joint Budget Committee. Rebecca has appeared as a keynote speaker for the Seacoast’s 10 to Watch Competition and the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast, and has been a speaker at the Business and Industry Association’s Housing Forum, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority’s Market Update, and NHPR’s The Exchange.
Rebecca has also been Small Business Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, a legislative coordinator on a statewide level, a grassroots coordinator at the federal level, a non-profit lobbyist, and most recently, a workforce housing advocate for over a decade.
An Experienced Professional
Rebecca is General Counsel at SunRaise Investments, where she advises on corporate, finance and commercial real estate issues concerning the company’s over 40 solar projects across four states. Rebecca has worked at Allen & Overy in New York City and Washington, D.C., Orr & Reno in Concord, NH, and Enel Green Power in Andover, MA. Rebecca graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, received a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College, and a J.D. and LL.M. from Cornell Law School. In her free time, Rebecca likes to run, cook, and watch the Patriots.