Rebecca has devoted her life to advancing progressive values as an advocate for civil rights and the empowerment of our diverse communities. As a member of the state Party, Rebecca helped fight for immigrant rights, defend affirmative action, and advance marriage equality by pushing resolutions through the party apparatus. In 2007, then U.S. Senator Barack Obama appointed Rebecca to serve on his LGBT Leadership Committee. She helped garner critical support for the President and ran as a pledged delegate in both the 2008 + 2012 representing San Francisco at the Democratic National Convention. In 2009, following President Obama’s first inauguration, then DNC Chairman Governor Tim Kaine appointed Rebecca to the DNC’s Change Commission, charged with reforming the delegate nomination process.
While in the Mayor’s Office, Rebecca organized the first public ceremonies acknowledging same sex couples. These events shaped the conversation leading to Mayor Gavin Newsom’s decision to grant the right for people to get married regardless of gender. Rebecca and her wife, Julia, availed themselves of this right during the winter of love. It was the second of three times they took vows to each other.
Expanding opportunities for youth of color has been another focus of Rebecca’s empowerment efforts. In 2013, for National Mentoring Month, she worked with Mo Magic, Young Community Developers, the School District, and various corporate and tech partners to have an annual event to celebrate existing mentors for youth and encourage new mentors for high school students. As another part of this mentoring effort, Rebecca ran an exposure program for youth to demonstrate different career opportunities at places like Autodesk, Recology, and the San Francisco Superior Court.
Currently, Rebecca volunteers with the Justice and Diversity Project of the Bar Association, providing services for tenants who face eviction. She is a member of the Bicycle Coalition and bikes to work as much as possible.