Rebecca L. Lucore is Head of Sustainability and CSR for Covestro LLC’s America’s region, responsible for innovating new approaches to social programs, philanthropy and donations, community relations and partnerships and sustainability initiatives in North and South America.
Lucore oversees i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate) Covestro’s companywide CSR program that aims to spark curiosity, to envision what could be and to help create it. Its three focus areas, i3 STEM, i3 Engage and i3 Give, leverage the company’s current and future workforce, the communities in which it operates, and its partners and collaborators – all to create sustainable and lasting impacts.
Lucore is a leading voice in Corporate America for the transformation of traditional corporate volunteerism to next gen Skills-Based Volunteerism (SBV) in which teams of employees working on short-term consulting projects with nonprofit organizations to help them address organizational issues and build capacity. In 2015, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Covestro Employee Engagement Institute at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh which trains employees in SBV and how to share their expertise and knowledge to assist nonprofit organizations in meeting needs ranging from IT, accounting, marketing, systems and communications, among others.
Prior to this, Lucore worked for 20 years in various capacities in corporate citizenship, philanthropy, environment/sustainability and STEM education and diversity. From 2012 to 2015 she served as Chief of Staff at Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) LLC where she was responsible for leading and streamlining organizational initiatives, including talent management; donations; and community, executive and employee engagement.
Before that, for more than a decade, Lucore served as Executive Director of the Bayer USA Foundation and Head of U.S. CSR for Bayer Corporation. In these dual roles, she was responsible for directing all CSR initiatives including the company’s STEM education partnerships with the United Nations Environment Programme, the National Governor’s Association and the National Science Teachers Association, among others, and was a lead architect of Bayer’s flagship CSR program, Making Science Make Sense. Led by national spokesperson, Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to orbit the Earth, Making Science Sense was one of the first corporate initiatives to advocate for science literacy and science education reform.
As part of this work, Lucore helped introduce and then drive the national conversation about the issue of gender and racial equity in the nation’s STEM fields through annual research and periodic summits and reports on the issue. In recognition, Bayer was awarded two Presidential Awards – President’s Service Award (President William J. Clinton) and the Ron Brown Award (President George W. Bush) – as well as the National Science Board’s highest honor – the National Public Service Award.
A leader in the Pittsburgh community, she was instrumental in Pittsburgh being named World Environment Day North American Host City in 2010 and host of One Young World in 2012 She is currently on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Pittsburgh, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board and is Advisory Board President for the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University where she also co-chairs the Center’s 74% Project which examines women and leadership in the nonprofit sector.
Ms. Lucore has spoken widely at national CSR conferences including the Social Innovation Forum, CGI America, National Governor’s Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Conference Board and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post on CSR and employee engagement issues.
She resides in Pittsburgh with her husband and three boys.
Rebecca serves on the Remake Learning Council.