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Staff

Executive Director
Rebecca's professional career is dedicated to fostering relationships between people(s) that promote dignity and respect. She has spent the last decade working in non-profit organizations committed to addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including seven years working on the ground in Jerusalem. Rebecca joins KEEN LA after serving as Deputy Director of Development for J Street Southwest preceded by 6 years at Encounter where she led hundreds of Jewish leaders to Palestinian areas of the West Bank and facilitated difficult conversations about the conflict. Prior to Encounter she held positions at Search for Common Ground, Breaking the Silence and Ultimate Peace. In these positions she contributed to the design and implementation of a number of programs that emphasized sports, social entrepreneurship, print and television media, as well as face to face interactions as tools for transforming conflict. Out of a passion for the game, and recognition of its unique contribution to the field of peace building, Rebecca helped establish the sport of Ultimate Frisbee in Israel and the West Bank by forming and leading a group of volunteer trainers and coaching youth teams herself.

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 Rebecca Polivy
Executive Director
rpolivy@keenlosangeles.org
213-267-1777

Program Coordinator
Evelyn Santiago has always had a propensity for working with children and families. She studied Elementary Education, Social Service, and Anthropology and Sociology at Knox College in Illinois. Evelyn focused her studies on special education and expanded her interests in the nonprofit setting. She taught special education on a preschool level and worked with children and adults with special needs. During her spare time she volunteered in the community from tutoring children to working with elderly residents. As an Echo Park native, Evelyn knows first-hand the need of a program like KEEN in her community. Upon returning from school, Evelyn joined our KEEN Los Angeles team as a Program Development Intern for over a year before officially joining the team as Program Coordinator. She's thrilled to have the opportunity to combine all her interests and passions in an organization like KEEN. Evelyn is also the Program and Operations Coordinator of Friends of St. Lawrence-Watts Youth Center, a small non-profit serving the Watts community in South Los Angeles. She continues to pursue her interests, serving underrepresented students and families both within and outside her community.

Evelyn Santiago
Program Coordinator
esantiago@keenlosangeles.org