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Rebecca M

- Research Program Mentor

MPA candidate at Cornell University


Nonprofit Sector & Finance, Philanthropy Sector, projects that entail mission-driven work in the public sector


I have a wide range of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropy sector: working in theatre, English tutoring, foundations, an academic fundraising office, and an association of grantmakers. My academic focus is now on the crossroads between efficiency and public service, where I'm focusing on applying research and data analysis to grantmaking. Building capacity within nonprofits is another area of focus! Favorite hobbies include musical theatre of any kind, playing in my bluegrass band, and hiking with my husky puppy. I also love baking and cooking lots of food for family and friends, and am always looking for my next food project.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

The Impact of Political Party on Charitable Giving

Analyzing data trends in charitable giving in order to assess how political party impacts individual donations.

Coding skills


Teaching experience

I have tutored both college students (Accounting, English and Writing, Economics, Math, Biology) and 4th grade students (homework assistance, reading). I have a Level III certification from the College Reading and Learning Association, which involved interning in a classroom, teaching lessons, and coursework in student behavior.


Work experience

NY Funders Alliance (2018 - 2021)
Membership & Operations Manager
Mayoral Campaign (2019 - Current)
Campaign Coordinator
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2022 - 2022)
Research Intern
TCC Group (2023 - Current)
Program Manager


Hobart and William Smith Colleges
BA Bachelor of Arts (2018)
Cornell University
MPA Master of Public Administration candidate
Public and Nonprofit Management

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