Rebecca Rona-Tuttle is Director of Communications.
Rebecca studied journalism, communications and English literature, earning her bachelor’s degree from UCLA. During her undergraduate years, she wrote for her campus newspapers. Upon graduation she lived for a year in Israel.
While growing up, Rebecca was appalled by the treatment of Mexicans and Mexican Americans she witnessed in her Southern California hometown. She realized the potential of a high quality education to lift them up. Following graduate work, for several years she taught elementary school in East Los Angeles, where she learned more about the realities of poverty and the beauty of Chicano culture.
Early in her career, Rebecca transitioned to the field of communications for nonprofit organizations, where she hoped to use her writing and editing skills to benefit others.
She was hired by Occidental College to handle its media relations and later served as managing editor of the college magazine. At the Anti-Defamation League she handled design, writing, editing and media relations projects. At the Milken Family Foundation Rebecca instituted and managed its national media relations program, focusing primarily on communicating the value of teachers and education.
Unrelated to her position at the foundation, Rebecca also founded and directed Together, a small nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing prejudice and racism and furthering multicultural understanding.
Rebecca joined the staff of South LA Health Projects in 2011.
She handles a variety of communications projects, among them, collaborating with staff in developing media strategies and writing newspaper articles with the goal of recruiting new WIC participants and educating the general public. In addition to WIC services, she writes about and encourages journalists to cover topics related to breastfeeding, nutrition, obesity, immunization and health disparities.
Rebecca and colleagues created this website and other websites aimed at the general public, wicforyou.org and wicparausted.org. She and a team of colleages employ social media to share information aimed at the general public about nutrition, health and parenting, and to attract and retain WIC participants.
She is a member of the Black Journalists Association of Southern California, the Clean Break Committee of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, Culver City Community Coalition, and the board of the Southern California chapter, Americans for Democratic Action. She served for 10 years on the Culver City Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee. Rebecca is a social, environmental and political activist.