Rebecca builds bridges across tech, government, and civil society to solve global challenges. At Amazon Web Services (AWS), she leads strategic initiatives across the Worldwide Public Sector’s State and Local Government and Education organization to scale the business. Prior to joining AWS, Rebecca worked on Facebook’s Global Trust and Safety team, focused on Commerce. Previously, she served as a U.S. diplomat in Istanbul, where she covered elections, domestic politics, human rights, and religious freedom. Rebecca led U.S. engagement on women’s rights in Turkey and collaborated with the UN and U.S. interagency to address the unique needs of LGBTI refugees. She led her team through unprecedented security challenges, including a coup attempt, terrorist attacks, and an evacuation due to increased terrorist threats. Her reports were featured in the President’s Daily Brief and she won a Meritorious Honor Award for her service.
Rebecca is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a Truman National Security Fellow, and a World Affairs Council Fellow alumna. Rebecca has a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Dedicated to building inclusive organizations, Rebecca founded, led, and scaled inclusion initiatives at Facebook, the U.S. State Department, and Harvard. She is proficient in Turkish and Mandarin Chinese and is currently learning Japanese. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys scuba diving, reading, traveling, oil painting, music, and food.