Rebecca builds 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 advocates for the work they support. Rebecca comes to Upwardly Global from the Center for Popular Democracy, where she served as Director of Development. Prior to that, Rebecca worked with JDC (the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee) as Director of Strategic Engagement and Senior Development Officer and built up opportunities for donors to dive into JDC’s work—including the major gifts programs, giving circles, travel opportunities, and exhibits and symposia. From 1999 to 2012, Rebecca worked at AJC, where she founded and directed ACCESS in 12 cities in the United States and Israel, served on the senior leadership team through a strategic planning process, and supported national and global humanitarian efforts. While at AJC, Rebecca also served as Executive Director of Thanks To Scandinavia, a 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 the Board of High 5 Tickets to the Arts, a nonprofit 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, and started Chelsea community dinners and is working with neighbors on creating a community garden. She enjoys writing, hiking and biking.
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. While in Germany, she translated a book on educational history by the father of modern systems theory, Niklas Luhmann. She is married and has three children.