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Rebecca Helterbrand

Rebecca is a native Texan whose ancestor played a role in helping the defenders of The Alamo. She once won an international pinto bean cookoff, even if there were only two entries. Rebecca is a devoted community volunteer, wife, and mother of two young adults who bring great joy. 

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Rebecca's Story

Rebecca is a first-generation college graduate who spent ten years at a Fortune 500 company earning seven promotions, ultimately learning the business inside out through a leadership program devoted to the top 5% of employees. The organization became a Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence recipient at the state and national level, and Rebecca became an assessor in the process.

 

Over the next couple of decades Rebecca took that deep business experience and excellence framework into the nonprofit sector, helping others with their journey to world-class, while strengthening the nonprofit community. Example after example of her impact includes tripling operational budgets, increasing capacity to serve more clients with measurable outcomes, and more. Rebecca has created public health campaigns, deepened service delivery with equity at the forefront, and led collective impact initiatives and collaborations that have transformed the system of care. At one point, she was leading strategy and innovation for one of the nation’s largest community foundations, gaining invaluable perspective from the funding side of the equation.

 

Along the way, Rebecca was consistently identified for executive development programs, such as the Texas Hospital Fellows Program, Goodwill Industries International CEO Development, and Stanford University’s multi-cultural, international c-level program. Rebecca is also an alumnus of Leadership San Antonio, and a 2019 recipient of the Women’s Leadership Award from the San Antonio Business Journal. In 2022, Rebecca was named President of the Oakes Club, a women’s professional group that dates to the 80’s.