Rebecca Neuwirth is helping Upwardly Global to advance and manage strategy, Board relations, and to build a community engagement program. She currently overseas development, finance, communications, human resources and information technology. With her support, Upwardly Global has grown its work and profile significantly since 2020, adopted to major external opportunities and threats, and enhanced its culture of accountability and belonging.
At heart, Rebecca is a community and bridge builder. She believes in deep partnerships that enable outstanding nonprofits to grow and deepen their impact, and that allow individuals and organizations to learn about communities and issues that matter and act as ambassadors and examples for the work they support.
Rebecca comes to Upwardly Global from the Center for Popular Democracy, a national organization that supports field building among outstanding community based democracy and racial justice organizations. She served as Director of Development, working to support the C3 and C4 organizations.
Prior to that, Rebecca worked with JDC (the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee) as Director of Strategic Engagement and Senior Development Officer. She raised significant funding, created lasting relationships, and built engagement opportunities for donors to dive into JDC’s work—including major gifts programs, giving circles, international mission opportunities, food programs, exhibits and symposia.
From 1999 to 2012, Rebecca worked at AJC, where she founded and directed ACCESS, the young leadership division, in 12 cities; cultivated new leadership; co-created cutting-edge programming in Muslim-Jewish, Black-Jewish, German-Jewish relations and conflict resolution; and supported track 2 diplomacy efforts. Rebecca started AJC’s international Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Fellowship program, served on AJC’s senior leadership team through a major strategic planning process, and supported national and global humanitarian work and Executive Director communications. While at AJC, Rebecca also served as Executive Director of Thanks To Scandinavia, an independent scholarship foundation started by Danish entertainer Victor Borge and New York attorney Richard Netter.
Rebecca sits on the Board of Thanks To Scandinavia and the Advisory Board of the Sandy Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College. She previously served on Penn South Social Services, a group that works with elderly in Chelsea, and on the Board of High 5 Tickets to the Arts, a nonprofit that she originally helped to create with friends (!) and that encourages high school students to take advantage of New York’s rich arts and culture, now part of Arts Connection. She was a Convener for JCPA’s inaugural Resetting the Table project in 2014, started a Chelsea Community Dinners program and the Penn South intergenerational chess club, and is working with her neighbors right now to create a community garden.
Rebecca grew up in New York and graduated from Stuyvesant High School. She has a BA magna cum laude from Yale University and an MA from the Free University in Berlin. She is married and has three children.
Rebecca won the Montblanc Patron of the Arts Award for her work with High 5, the Hajo Holborn Award of the German Consulate in Boston, and received a DAAD-Fulbright associated year-long fellowship. While in Germany, she translated a book on educational history by the father of modern systems theory, Niklas Luhmann.