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 in East Los Angeles, where she learned more about the realities of poverty and the beauty of Hispanic cultures.
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. She also was in charge of the college’s major lecture series.
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.
She later became Administrative Director of the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, a major music preservation initiative.
Unrelated to her position at the Milken Family Foundation, Rebecca founded and directed Together, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing prejudice and racism and furthering multicultural understanding.
At Liberty Hill Foundation, she initiated its social media efforts and wrote about affordable housing and other topics for its website.
Rebecca joined the staff of South Los Angeles Health Projects, the community services arm of the Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation, in 2011.
As director of communications, she develops communications strategies for the purposes of educating the general public about health disparities, breastfeeding, nutrition, obesity, immunization and other public health topics, and recruiting new WIC participants.
She handles the agency’s media relations efforts and writes newspaper articles. She and a team of colleagues employ social media to share information about health and WIC.
Rebecca worked with consultants and collaborated with colleagues to create this website and two others, wicforyou.org and wicparausted.org.
Rebecca is a political, social and environmental activist.
In 2018 she was selected by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party to receive the Eleanor Roosevelt Democrat of the Year Award for the 54th Assembly District.
She spearheaded establishment of the nine-member Culver City Equity and Human Relations Advisory Committee, an official city committee that she chaired for the past two years.
She also is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists–Los Angeles, Americans for Democratic Action, and the Sierra Club. She served for 10 years on the Culver City Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee.