Rebecca Polivy

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 joined KEEN Los Angeles 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. Rebecca has returned to Encounter professionally, and taken a seat on KEEN Los Angeles Board.

Rebecca holds an MA in Conflict Transformation and Intercultural Organizational Leadership from the School for International Training in Vermont, and a BA in Comparative Religion and Economics from the University of Rochester. Rebecca is also a certified Personal Trainer and group fitness instructor. Rebecca is a native East Coaster, who spent the better part of a decade in the Middle East, and now resides in East Pasadena with her husband and two small children. When not working or visiting family members all over the world, they are hiking and skiing in the mountains, running, cooking, and laughing.

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