Rebecca Flournoy is a researcher and strategist with 20 years of experience in the non-profit, philanthropic, and government sectors. As a consultant, she has conducted evaluations for non-profit organizations and foundations, managed strategic planning processes, developed analyses to support foundation decision-making, created grant guidelines, facilitated meetings and retreats, conducted policy research, and developed reports and online tools.
In previous roles, she has managed policy advocacy efforts to promote racial and economic equity at local, state, and federal levels. One campaign, to support community leaders in developing grocery stores and markets in underserved low-income communities, resulted in more than $160 million in grants and more than $1 billion in private sector investments. She has led trainings and provided technical assistance on policy advocacy for more than 20 community-based coalitions.
As a researcher, she has overseen survey and focus group research, best practices research based on literature reviews and stakeholder interviews, in-depth policy research, stakeholder engagement processes, collaborations with reporters to develop stories based on research findings, and creation of reports and recommendations. She has presented findings at conferences, facilitated panels, led interactive training sessions, served as a spokesperson with media outlets, and published articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Her philanthropic experience includes working with grant-making committees, vetting grantees, developing grant guidelines, launching new initiatives, evaluating philanthropic initiatives, and helping individual donors learn about strategic philanthropic and investment practices. She also has built strategic philanthropic partnerships to maximize collective impact.
Rebecca has a BA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.