Rebecca believes that systemic change begins at the micro level – when we work to engage, empower, and bring visibility to the stories and voices within our classrooms, schools, and communities.
Her passion for volunteer work and community engagement began during her time as an undergraduate student at UCSD. She served as a Principal Leader of the LGBTA student organization and as Group Facilitator for the Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s support group.
She completed a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California based on her interest in working with students from underserved communities. Through her own challenges, she has realized that it is absolutely critical to have an additional system of support for all youth, particularly marginalized youth. She has developed, coordinated, and evaluated student programs and services at the University of Southern California and Cal State Long Beach with a focus on understanding the impact of intervention strategies, relationships, and campus climate.
Upon moving back to San Diego to work as the Lead Human Resources Analyst for the San Diego Unified School District, she returned to her roots and began volunteering with various groups including the Hillcrest Youth Center. This brought to light the issues that today’s LGBTQIA+ youth face and prompted her to become more involved with the community. She joined the Pride Board in 2019 and is excited to be part of an organization dedicated to driving change.
She currently resides in Escondido with her wife and two sons and hopes to see more Pride flags line the neighborhood streets of North County.