Rebecca started working for Acumen as a Short-Term Associate for the Portfolio Team in 2012. She worked on the deal teams for Ethio-Chick (Agriculture), First Access (FinTech) and Devergy (Energy). Rebecca briefly left Acumen to be the In-Country Manager for IDEO.org’s Amplify Program, a series of innovation challenges that invests in early-stage solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Prior to Acumen, she worked in the foreign service, for a disaster relief-focused NGO, an emerging market debt hedge fund, and in academia. Rebecca has a MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, a BA from Stanford in French. She currently serves as a Trustee for UK-based charity TechForTrade, and is co-founder of Catwalk to Freedom, a non-profit that uses fashion to help educate and provide sustainable employment training to South Sudanese refugee girls facing or fleeing early marriage.