Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Rebecca worked to solve everyday problems for the people. For her, no problem was too big or too small.
As a liaison in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services under Mayor Willie Brown, Rebecca earned a reputation for being responsive and effective. When MUNI was late, a major development affected a particular neighborhood block, or garbage was dumped on the street, Rebecca fixed it. Long before Uber + Lyft + Sidecar, Rebecca worked to improve taxicab service by bringing together drivers, industry managers, neighbors, and merchants which created the voter-approved Taxi Commission. Additionally, Rebecca ensured diverse representation on city commissions and boards. As a Legislative Aide to Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Rebecca gained expertise in planning and redevelopment issues to further understand the need to balance economic and neighborhood concerns.
As a city commissioner, she pushed for policies to ensure citizen participation in public hearings. Neighborhoods matter to San Franciscans, and as a member of the Elections Redistricting Task Force, Rebecca ensured meetings occurred in the community and not just at City Hall. This Task Force drew district representation lines for Supervisors and her efforts resulted in increased public participation. She later joined the Recreation and Park Commission, overseeing a budget of $130 million dollars and 900 employees. As chair of its subcommittee on Parks and Planning, which approved plans for all parks and recreation centers in the city, Rebecca developed a reputation for bringing people together, listening, and finding ways to create parks and recreation centers San Franciscans love.