Executive Bios

Helen Lowman

President & CEO
Keep America Beautiful

Helen Lowman joined Keep America Beautiful as President & CEO in May 2017 with more than 20 years of leadership experience in the areas of international diplomacy and development, youth engagement, environmental education, disaster resilience, global leadership, volunteerism, social justice and human rights. From 2010 to 2017, Helen served as an appointee of the President of the United States in the senior foreign service and the senior executive service. Prior to joining Keep America Beautiful, she was Director-Individual and Community Preparedness at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, D.C., overseeing programs to increase citizen and community preparedness while encouraging disaster and crisis resilience. Previously, she served in a variety of roles with the Peace Corps, directing Peace Corps’ largest U.S. headquarters’ office and working with leadership on strategic reforms related to volunteer recruitment and admittance. She earlier served as Regional Director-Europe, Middle East and Asia, Peace Corps’ largest geographic region. Earlier in her career, she managed environmental education events and initiatives with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). While in Texas, she served on the Board of Directors of two Keep America Beautiful Affiliates: Keep Austin Beautiful and Keep El Paso Beautiful. Helen, who speaks four languages, is a graduate of Austin College and received her Master's degree in International Economics and Development from the University of Denver, Joseph Korbel School of International Studies. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Antioch University, Graduate School of Leadership and Change. She is a Board member of PYXERA Global and was a Peace Corps volunteer for three years in Thailand.

Cecile Carson

Vice President, Litter and Affiliate Relations
Keep America Beautiful

Cecile Carson has been involved with Keep America Beautiful at the local, state and national level for more than 20 years. As the lead staff person charged with pursuing Keep America Beautiful’s impact goal to end littering, Cecile has participated in the development and analysis of the nonprofit’s landmark “Litter in America” research study and “Litter Cost Study.” More recently, she led the effort behind “Charting the Multiple Meanings of Blight,” Keep America Beautiful’s national literature review on addressing the community impacts of blighted properties. Cecile serves as coordinator for the State Leaders Council and supervises youth and education initiatives including creation of Keep America Beautiful’s national Youth Advisory Council. She has nearly 20 years of municipal government experience, including economic development and code enforcement. Cecile serves as the North Central Texas Council of Governments - Resource Conservation Commission Vice Chair. Contact Cecile.

Becky Lyons

Chief Operating Officer
Keep America Beautiful

Becky Lyons, currently Keep America Beautiful's Chief Operating Officer, has been with the national nonprofit for 30 years. As Chief Operating Officer, a position she has held since 2009, she is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization, employee relations and program oversight. In addition to her role as COO, she has, for the past 20 years, managed Keep America Beautiful’s national network of 620 local, state and international affiliates. In this role, her responsibilities include program development, training and conferences, grant management, and the development of resource materials and publications for Keep America Beautiful's community-based network of affiliates. She also manages the stewardship and fundraising for a portfolio of corporate partners. Becky graduated from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, with a Bachelor of Arts. Contact Becky.

Brenda Pulley

Senior Vice President, Recycling
Keep America Beautiful

Brenda Pulley joined Keep America Beautiful the fall of 2010 to enhance the organization’s efforts to improve recycling – specifically, how to engage and motivate individuals to recycle the right materials. In her role to grow the reach and impact of Keep America Beautiful’s recycling initiatives, she is responsible for strategic planning, research and program design from Keep America Beautiful’s behavior change system.  Prior to joining the nonprofit, Brenda served as the Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications for Novelis – a global aluminum rolling and recycling company. Brenda has worked on various environmental issues both in the public and private sectors, having started her career working for the U.S. House of Representatives, Energy and Environment Small Business Committee. Brenda also serves on the Board of Directors of the Sustainable Electronics Recycling International, whose mission is to promote environmentally responsible reuse and recycling practices throughout the electronics sector; the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative; and the Social Marketing Quarterly Editorial Board.. Contact Brenda.

Kathleen Quinn

Director, Finance
Keep America Beautiful

Kathleen Quinn, a member of Keep America Beautiful's Leadership Team, joined Keep America Beautiful as Finance Manager in 2008 after working on numerous special projects since 2007. In addition to managing the day-to-day finances of the organization, Kathleen’s other duties include payroll, budgeting and forecasting. Kathleen manages the external audit process and oversees the preparation of the annual tax return. She also directs all commercial insurance administration and the annual workers’ comp audit, designs the employee benefits package, and handles most human resources-related matters. Prior to joining Keep America Beautiful, Kathleen worked as a Vice President for major foreign and domestic banks in New York City and Los Angeles for more than 14  years, specializing in tax-exempt finance transactions. Most recently, Kathleen has served as an active board member of numerous volunteer organizations in her local schools and community. Kathleen is a native of New Jersey and graduated from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Contact Kathleen.

Mike Rogers

Chief Development Officer
Keep America Beautiful

Mike Rogers joined Keep America Beautiful in May 2015 as the Chief Development Officer. Prior to joining Keep America Beautiful, Mike was the Chief Development Officer for the Greater Cincinnati Dayton Region for the American Red Cross and, prior to that, he worked with the American Cancer Society, both on the regional and national levels.Mike has over 15 years of fundraising and nonprofit management experience as well as over 20 years of executive level management and relationship building. He has worked with all aspects of development, including the corporate, individual and foundation sectors.  A native Ohioan, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and public relations from the University of Dayton. Contact Mike.

Mike Rosen

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Keep America Beautiful

Mike Rosen joined the leadership team of Keep America Beautiful as senior vice president of marketing and communications in January 2015. Previously, Mike spent 20 years building two integrated marketing, advertising and PR firms, where he represented many of the largest consumer brands in the world, including 1-800--FLOWERS.com, The Body Shop, Brookstone, Burger King, Callaway Golf, Frito-Lay, Hasbro, JCPenney, L’Oreal USA, Maybelline, PepsiCo, Revlon, Vistaprint and more. He began his career in 1993 working for the State Department of New York before being recruited to join the campaign of Governor Mario Cuomo. Mike lives in Southbury, Connecticut, with his wife, Beth, and their children, Eli and Amelia, where he serves as an elected member of the town's Board of Selectmen. Contact Mike.