Rebecca has spent more than thirty years in the non-profit sector and public service. Working in government, university-based think tanks, and philanthropy, Rebecca has devoted her career to advancing human rights, amplifying citizen voice in government, protecting the reproductive rights and health of women, and building stronger services and supports for children, youth, and families
Moving from Chicago to Brookline in 1999, Rebecca has been a strategic consultant to non-profits and philanthropy, working with the Center for Youth and Communities as well as the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis, and most recently developing special initiatives in the area of family strengthening for the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation.
In Brookline, Rebecca has been a Town Meeting Member from Precinct 3 since 2002. She was elected in 2005 to the Brookline School Committee and served four terms, retiring in December, 2016. While on School Committee, Rebecca served on the Capital Planning subcommittee and chaired three other subcommittees: Policy, Government Relations, and Negotiations. She was elected School Committee Vice-Chair in 2009, and Chair from 2010-2012.
During Rebecca’s tenure on School Committee, she successfully negotiated for more time in the school day and introduction of K-12 World Language. She worked to increase funding for professional development and teacher collaboration, helping lead and pass two Prop 2 ½ overrides to ensure Brookline’s commitment to excellent teaching and small class sizes.
Serving on the first comprehensive strategic plan committee, Rebecca worked with educators and the broader community to establish Educational Equity as a core value of the Public Schools of Brookline.
Born and raised in New York City, Rebecca earned an A.B. from Harvard/Radcliffe and her MPA from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School School of Public and International Affairs. She has lived with her family near the Lawrence School in Brookline Village/Coolidge Corner South Side since 1999. She and her husband, Stephen Walt, have two children who graduated from the Lawrence School and Brookline High School.
Rebecca has a proven record of thoughtful and collaborative leadership, deep and broad public policy experience, and commitment to equity and social justice. She has the knowledge and skills to get things done on Beacon Hill.