A native New Yorker, Rebecca started her career at a young age in the retail industry working in various capacities at Hart Schaffner and Marx, Ann Taylor, Inc. and then as an executive in the systems division of Federated Department Stores (now Macy’s, Inc). Rebecca successfully managed major systems development, mergers and implementation projects across the country for this $20B+ retailer.
In 1993 Rebecca joined the board of the non-profit CHILDREN OF THE WORLD (COTW). She chaired several events hosting the Romanian Royal Family to raise funds and awareness for Romania’s orphaned and abandoned children. In 1996, she became the President and CEO of this organization and serving these unwanted children became her passion. She formed alliances, and program alternatives that transformed harmful institutions into best practice models of care for orphaned and abandoned children. She expanded COTW’s reach to manage and fund programs in other countries including Bosnia, Serbia, Kenya, Israel, Palestine, and Mexico.
Since leaving COTW to raise her own family, she has consulted with numerous non-profit organizations and has served on local, national and international boards, panels and advisory councils. She is a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation’s prestigious “Next Generation Leadership” fellowship award.
Rebecca currently resides in Sonoma County, California, where she and her family enjoy a farm to table lifestyle, enhanced by the local viticulture and her passion for the culinary arts.
Rebecca is a first time novelist, and thrives on the beauty of the written word. She is excited to share her work, Woven Branches, which explores three generations wrestling with difficult choices regarding creating and dissolving families, secrets and survival. She also writes short stories and tall tales under the pseudonym Jennifer Friedman.