Capitol Communicator is running a series of profiles of communicators in the mid-Atlantic. In this “up close and personal” profile, we feature Carolyn Becker.  Photography for this series is by Cade Martin; wardrobe styling by Pascale Lemaire for THE Artist Agency; and hair and makeup by Patti D Nelson and Janice Kinigopoulos for THE Artist Agency.

Carolyn, please provide us a short bio.
I am the Senior Manager of Communications & Community Engagement at Goodwill of Greater Washington. I’m also a petite thrift fashion expert and magic behind the DC vegan food Instagram account, @dcveganlife. I was born in Washington, D.C., and have stayed in the area ever since. In my spare time, you can find me bargain hunting for vintage treasures at Goodwill – multiple times a week. After a thrift trip, I’m walking on-foot, around the city, eventually winding up at a local vegan food spot.

Are you involved in any other organizations?

I am an advocate for local and national sustainable fashion organizations, who are dedicated to building communities and saving the planet through better consumption and production practices.

What are the things you are most proud of?

I’m proud to be a woman who isn’t afraid to pursue her dreams, without any regrets. I’m also proud of the fact that I get to work with the most inspiring and brilliant individuals. My coworkers, friends and family inspire me every day. I’m also proud of the fact that I’ve been able to help build a passionate sustainable fashion community in DC, through my event efforts at Goodwill. Looking back to five years ago, I never thought I’d be where I am today – working for one of my favorite DC-focused workforce development nonprofits AND thrift stores!

Who are your personal role models?

I don’t know that I have a singular role model, but I do look up to every woman in my life who has started a business, followed their dreams and made things happen. Role models don’t have to be famous individuals on the front pages of magazines. They’re everywhere around us.  In the future, I’d like to start my own business, and the women in my daily life have taught me how to be persistent and never look back.

Did your role models offer professional advice that helped you in your career and, if so, what was the advice?

Be persistent. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want — it never hurts.

Try to always assume that everyone has the best of intentions.

What professional advice do you have for others?

Always assume that everyone has the best intentions; you never know when someone is having a bad day. You can’t assume.

Be positive. It makes everyone else and yourself happier.

Be intentional. With your words, your facial expressions, your purchases. Everything makes an impact. 

What’s appropriate attire for your organization?

Wear what makes you feel confident. I personally wear a lot of funky, colorful and sparkly clothing, but that’s what makes me feel great!

Comfort is important, but I don’t abide by that. To each their own!

Where do you buy most of the clothes you wear to the office?

Thrift stores. More than 75 percent of my wardrobe comes from Goodwill. Everything I own is pretty much secondhand!

Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

One of my favorite methods of exercising is dancing to 80’s music. Especially while washing dishes. Dancing isn’t just for dance floors! You can do it anywhere!

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