Over the past 25 years, Rebecca has worked with community benefit (nonprofit) organizations, and businesses ranging from entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 companies. Her approach is not of the let-me-fix-it and I-have-all-the-answers variety. Rather, it is one that gets individuals and organizations actively engaged in co-creating change. That starts by getting to know each other first, to honor the power of relationships are trust. Rebecca starts by asking questions, different questions than those you are used to, or might expect. When we change the questions we ask, we change everything. With community benefit organizations, Rebecca is comfortable building relationships and working with employees, board members, engaged community members (volunteers), donors, foundations, and business partners.
Rebecca focuses on projects that unleash community engagement as a way of how we “BE” together, not something we “DO.” She has held communication, development and coaching roles in and with a range of community benefit organizations, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, and causes ranging from animal welfare and youth education, to domestic violence and collective impact initiatives. Those opportunities coupled with five years in communication and sales roles at global technology companies, including IBM Corporation and Micron Technology, honed her ability to understand and navigate existing systems, as well as create new systems, infrastructure and tools to support desired outcomes.
A Fellow, Faculty and Leadership Team Member at Creating the Future, Rebecca is supporting the movement to create a more humane and healthy world. She is honored to be a member of the faculty team, co-teaching Creating the Future’s Catalytic Thinking Curriculum. Catalytic Thinking is a set of practices that make explicit the simple factors that create positive results, so those results can be consistently replicated and scaled. A story seeker and sharer, Rebecca feels the power of story everywhere in her life and uses that platform to engage, connect and inspire others, as well as herself. Part of her role on Creating the Future’s Leadership Team is leading a new initiative to invite, gather, curate, analyze and share stories of significant personal, organizational and community change that bring out the best in people and situations.
Rebecca draws on her experience working with and for a wide range of organizations, from global technology companies to regional and local community benefit (nonprofit) organizations including:
Women’s & Children’s Alliance
McCall-Donnelly Education Foundation
MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter
McCall Arts and Humanities Council
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Learn more about Rebecca’s experiences and accomplishments with these organizations here.
Rebecca is also the wizard behind the curtain for Hurd Construction, a design/build company she co-created and operates with her husband in the beautiful mountain town of McCall, Idaho. When not working, Rebecca can be found outside running, hiking, skiing or exploring with her family. A big reason she chose to move to Idaho from Philadelphia was to access the outdoors and open spaces in her daily life. Her love of sports was sparked at an early age. Winning burlap blue ribbons in the 50 yard dash and other field day events evolved into playing field hockey and lacrosse throughout high school and college. Rebecca thrived in the camaraderie and commitment required to play team sports. That tracks to her approach to work and life today. Everything starts with and is based on building relationships. Rebecca believes every person is equally valued, and every person has gifts to share with a community. However a community is defined, it is stronger when collective strengths are honored and engaged.
Education, Affiliations & Awards:
Creating the Future – Fellow, Faculty and Operations Team Member
Idaho Nonprofit Center – Affiliate Member, Idaho Gives Steering Committee Member
Women’s & Children’s Alliance – Endowment Committee Member
AVIC (Adams, Valley & Idaho Counties) Collaborative – Co-Creator & Convener
Emory University, Goizueta Business School – MBA, Marketing & Management
Union College – BA, History & English
2013 Idaho Gives Leadership Award
2014 National Philanthropy Day AFP-Idaho Award – Outstanding Development Executive