As a Program Manager at CommonHealth ACTION (CHA), Rebecca develops and implements projects that promote equitable outcomes through intentional capacity-building and leadership development. She currently works on the Culture of Health Leadership Program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Rebecca is an experienced public policy professional with a demonstrated history of successfully working to promote racial equity in public health, state government, healthcare, and political environments. Previously, Rebecca was a Program Manager for a $1.2 Billion healthcare organization serving the Medicaid community in Portland. Her work included overseeing the development of a regional Community Health Needs Assessment, Community Health Improvement Plan, community-based participatory projects, and staffing a 15-member Community Advisory Council. She also worked to improve the capacity of Oregon’s traditional health workforce, including but not limited to funding and supporting culturally-specific Doulas and Community Health Workers.
Prior to that role, Rebecca worked at the Oregon Health Authority’s Division of Equity and Inclusion, she managed the agency’s implementation of Equity and Inclusion Initiatives, the development of the second State of Equity Report, and served as the Senior Community Officer during the State of Oregon’s Ebola Preparedness efforts of 2014-15. Rebecca has also worked for elected officials such as State Senator Lew Frederick and Congresswoman Eddie Berniece Johnson to develop several significant pieces of legislation and increased funding allocation of community programs. She has also worked on successful campaigns such as Tuition Equity, Earned Sick Leave, and managing a voter registration initiative for underserved communities.
Rebecca is committed to civic engagement, volunteerism, and ongoing learning. She participated in several local and national leadership programs including EMERGE Oregon for
Democratic Women, Basic Rights Oregon’s Our Families Program, and the Portland African American Leadership Forum’s Leadership Academy. She served as a long-term Board Secretary of the African Women’s Coalition, where she was worked with community partners and the local Health Department to fund and develop a culturally-specific Community Health Worker program. Rebecca also served as a Commissioner for the City of Portland’s Human Rights Commission where she guided the creation of the Commission’s Community Sponsorship Program.
Rebecca holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. Rebecca is based in CommonHealth ACTION’s headquarters in Washington, DC.