Rebecca “Becca” Brune is the President and Chief Operating Officer at the San Antonio Area Foundation (SAAFdn), where she oversees the SAAFdn’s daily management and operations, development and execution of its strategic planning process, community investments and public policy initiatives. Becca has more than 24 years of experience working at the local, national and international levels building public-private partnerships to support innovative programming and leverage community investments. As a trained facilitator and mediator, she has facilitated community conversations around natural resource management issues, economic development, strategic planning and community engagement.

Becca has worked in Bangladesh, India, Costa Rica, Mexico and Nicaragua, studying local community and economic development projects, entrepreneurial programs and health service delivery programs.

Prior to joining SAAFdn, Becca was senior vice president of strategic planning and growth at Methodist Healthcare Ministries, vice president at Goodwill Industries, and director of family self-sufficiency at the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County where she successfully designed, implemented and raised money for several new community development initiatives. Throughout her career, she has sought to build innovative, strategic partnerships and promote public-private collaborations to improve programming and inspire systems change within the organizations she serves.

As a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Becca earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and, as a Bill Greehey scholar, earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Bill Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and most recently a graduate of the Andeavor Leadership Fellows program.