Program & Impact Manager, San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund
Rebecca Hutman is passionate about equitable housing and community development, and has experience ranging from community organizing to affordable housing finance. She currently works as a Program & Impact Manager at the Housing Accelerator Fund, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that finances affordable housing preservation and development. Rebecca grew up in Los Angeles. She got her start in political organizing on the Obama campaign in 2012, where she led student voter registration efforts in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Throughout the campaign, she came to appreciate how deeply disconnected many her age feel from the government. Ever since, she has supported people, policies, and programs that make the governments that serve us more responsive and the places we call home more equitable. She attended Wesleyan University and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts and High Honors in the College of Social Studies and a certificate in International Relations. She served as Student Body President and advanced policies that made the academic experience more accessible for first-generation and low-income students. She supported the planning process for the University’s first Resource Center, serving BIPOC students, LGBTQ* students, and survivors of sexual violence. Before and during college, she worked on LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s 2013 Campaign as a Field Organizer, leading voter engagement on the Westside; she later joined the Mayor’s administration as an External Affairs Coordinator. In 2015, she interned for then-Vice President Joe Biden in the White House where she conducted policy research on the opioid epidemic, student debt relief, and housing supports for survivors of domestic violence. In 2016, she interned for the 100 Resilient Cities project within the Rockefeller Foundation, which sought to seed capacity for long-term resilience planning within municipal governments across the world. After college, she wanted to pursue equity-driven policy at the local level. She believes that at the local level it is possible – and critical – to fuse policy analysis, inclusive community engagement, and financial analysis within the same conversations. So, in 2017- 2018, she moved to the Bay Area where she participated in the Coro Northern California’s Fellow’s Program in Public Affairs to deepen her understanding of change making at the local level. In 2018, she joined the Housing Accelerator Fund, a nonprofit public-private-partnership, designed to create innovative financial tools to accelerate the development and preservation of affordable housing. She serves on the Board of Directors for Coro Northern California.