Rebecca is a seasoned executive, with in-depth leadership experience in business, government, philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector. Principal and chief strategist of The Sive Group, Inc., (TSG), a public affairs firm, Rebecca began her career as a community organizer, while she was a graduate student in American History at UIC.
Rebecca was a Commissioner, Finance Committee Chair, and General Operations Committee Chair of the Chicago Park District, an independent unit of government; a founding Commissioner of the Illinois Human Rights Commission; and Vice-Chair, (and only woman member), of the Executive Committee of the Chicago 1992 World's Fair Authority.
Rebecca has held numerous other appointments on government, organizational and philanthropic boards and committees. Among them are service on the boards of directors of Public Allies-Chicago (as a founding board member), the Jewish Community Centers of Metropolitan Chicago, NARAL Pro-Choice America, The Woodlawn Community Development Corporation, and the Jewish Fund for Justice, where she was also a founding board member.
Rebecca is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women and Feminists Who Changed America (published by the University of Illinois Press). She is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and has received numerous other honors.
Rebecca holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Carleton College, and an M.A. in American History from the University of Illinois. She has written frequently on a variety of public policy matters, beginning with early articles in Chicago's feminist press.