Rebecca Casper was re-elected to a second term as Mayor of Idaho Falls in a citywide election in November 2017. Prior to her election, Mayor Casper served as an adjunct professor at both BYU-Idaho and Eastern Idaho Technical College teaching foundational courses in American government and state and local governance. She earned her BA in 1985 and MA in 1987 in Political Science from BYU-Provo and her Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley in 1998. Prior to earning her degrees, she worked as a research associate at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C.
Locally, Mayor Casper sits on the Idaho Falls City Club Board of Directors. She also serves as a board director/advisor for the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, the Regional Development Alliance, REDI, the Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Innovation Center, among others.
She is a co-founder and first director of the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund and currently serves on its Board of Directors.
At the state level, Mayor Casper serves as a District 6 Director for the Association of Idaho Cities Governing Board. She is a member of Idaho’s LINE 3.0 Commission charged with promoting nuclear energy opportunities for Idaho. She also serves on the Regence Blue Shield of Idaho Board. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Idaho Women in Leadership (I-WIL) organization. In 2016, she was named one of Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year and in 2017, she was an honoree at the Sun Valley Film Festival Women’s Leadership Celebration. Nationally, Mayor Casper serves on the Board of Directors for the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) advocating for Eastern Idaho’s energy and environmental clean-up interests. In 2016, Mayor Casper was named as a participant in Governing Magazine’s Women in Government Leadership Program. Rebecca’s highest priority is her four children ranging in age from 26 to 17.