Rebecca Darling
Visiting Lecturer
Cornell Institute for Public Affairs

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Rebecca Darling joined Barrick as their US director of Corporate Social Responsibility in late 2017.  Rebecca possesses over 15 years of experience in social development and environmental policy work focused on sustainable development, with a focus on the extractive industries for the last 10 years. The keystone of Rebecca’s eclectic professional experience is finding the balance where social and environmental stewardship co-exists with private sector innovation and development. This professional aspiration has taken her around the world; from working in the social justice arena in India and Lebanon to multi-stakeholder approaches for responsible mining in Mongolia and First Nations engagement in Canada.


In the last 10 years, Rebecca has focused on strategic stakeholder engagement and community development strategies for mining and exploration companies. As a consultant for the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC), Rebecca co-authored the IFC’s A Strategic Approach to Early Stakeholder Engagement: A Good Practice Handbook for Junior Companies in the Extractive Industries and Water, Mining and Communities: Creating Shared Value through Sustainable Water Management. Rebecca’s work for the IFC also included co-managing a project in Mongolia that included a sector-wide approach to improved water management. Prior to joining Barrick as their Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for US operations, Rebecca was a Communities and Social Performance manager for Rio Tinto in Arizona. Her work focused on strategic planning and assurance for the communities’ team, specifically in the areas of engagement, economic development, Native American Affairs, education, and developing and implementing management systems. Rebecca is also a Visiting Scholar and the 2018 Executive in Residence at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology where she teaches a graduate course on Strategic Stakeholder Engagement.


Rebecca specializes in meaningful multi-stakeholder participation in social and economic development decision-making and working with stakeholders (government, civil society, private sector, and media) to design and implement early and ongoing engagement strategies; strengthen capacities for engagement, and develop culturally relevant communications strategies that build relationships based on trust and transparency.


Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts from California State University and a Masters of Public Administration from Cornell University.


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