Betony's career has been dedicated to addressing the challenge of climate change in a socially just, responsible, and effective way. She started her career as a National Security Education Program fellow working on climate change in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and US Global Change Research Program under President Clinton. Eager to see more immediate action on climate change, she shifted her focus to designing real-world strategies, programs, and policies to support strong communities and local economies while building a low-carbon future. Betony lived and worked in the Sierra Nevada region for nine years, where she established a $5 million energy efficiency program that pioneered a new model of comprehensive small commercial energy efficiency retrofits with high-road workforce standards. Prior to joining the Labor Center, Betony focused on workforce issues in energy efficiency and clean energy policy as a consultant to California's cities and investor-owned utilities. In 2004, Betony earned an M.E.Sc. in social ecology from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she also developed a passion for labor issues while organizing graduate student employees and joining thousands of university workers in one of the broadest walkouts ever on a university campus.