Rebecca Newman joined the Salk Institute as the Vice President, External Relations in February 2008. Since her arrival, the Institute has enjoyed an annual net increase in event profits, a historic fundraising cycle and exciting new experiences with unique events such as Chihuly at the Salk, Step into Discovery, the Salk Science and Music Series and Symphony at Salk. In her oversight of fundraising programs, donor relations, and communications, the Institute's visibility, awareness and community involvement have developed dramatically. In addition, Ms. Newman has led her team to increase private giving by approximately 40 percent over the last four years. She has overseen Salk's first major fundraising campaign, with a goal of raising $300 million to support scientific research.
Ms. Newman brings more than 25 years of financial endowment development and capital campaign experience from the business and nonprofit industries. She joined Salk after serving for seven years at the University of California, San Diego, as Associate Vice Chancellor, Development. In this role, she executed a historic conclusion of UCSD's capital campaign by exceeding its $1 billion goal.
She has a long history of volunteerism in the philanthropic community, serving as national president of the United Jewish Communities and National Chair for the United Jewish Appeal Women's Campaign. Locally, she was campaign chair and president of the United Jewish Federation of San Diego, and a former board member of the Jewish Community Foundation and the San Diego National Bank Business Advisory Council. As a volunteer, she helped design, fund and implement welfare and relief programs in countries as diverse as Argentina, Cuba, Israel, and the republics of the former Soviet Union.
A native of Chicago, Rebecca Newman has a bachelor's degree in history and political science from the University of Michigan.