Getting to know Rebecca

What’s your background?

I studied cultural anthropology at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. While I was still an undergraduate student, I had the privilege of working abroad in Phnom Penh, Cambodia at a nonprofit that promoted a leadership program dedicated to women’s empowerment.

After graduating, I was also given the opportunity to work in Thessaloniki, Greece as an international student advisor for 145 incoming freshmen university students. Both experiences were challenging in their own ways.

What is your role at Amara?

Development and Operations Manager – as the only non-attorney on staff at Amara, I have a more jack-of-all-trades position that spans two very different organizational roles. For the development aspect of my position, I’m responsible for all fundraising activities including planning and executing special events, composing grants and outcome reports, soliciting support from various types of donors, and strategically planning for Amara’s future success. As for the operations portion of my position, I’m essentially Amara’s HR department that promotes a culture of high performance and professional excellence while establishing a positive and friendly environment that is welcoming to all. I generally try to ensure my coworkers are happy people.

How long have you worked at Amara?

19 months

What’s your favorite part about working at Amara?

Getting to work with such down to earth individuals who are equally passionate about our mission is probably my favorite part about working at Amara. Being supervised by Stacie has also been a significant asset of this position, as I’ve never had a boss that invested so much in my professional development.

What other causes besides people’s rights being violated during commercial sex are you passionate about?

I think the lack of access to education for young women and girls worldwide is a particular issue I can see myself investing time and other resources in at some point down the road.

What’s your favorite part about working/living in DC?

The speakeasies and half smokes that are in town!

What do you do when you’re not at work?

I’m perpetually traveling or meticulously planning my next trip. Otherwise, I’m definitely either eating with friends, watching films, playing guitar, or slappin’ da bass. I also just learned how to brew my own beer!

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

All expenses paid? Probably the Galapagos Islands to go scuba diving.


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