Rebekah J. Hook-Held, M.A.
Director of Public Affairs, The San Diego LGBT Community Center
Rebekah Hook-Held is the Director of Public Affairs at The San Diego LGBT Community Center, which is the 2nd oldest and 3rd largest LGBT center in the United States. Through her role, Rebekah coordinates numerous civic engagement, leadership development, and public policy advocacy efforts in the community.
Prior to joining The Center, Rebekah obtained invaluable experience as a Public Policy Associate at Collaborative Services, a public outreach firm in San Diego, where she worked with, and for, public agencies and local and regional political figures on projects ranging from transportation, to urban planning, to natural resource management.
Earlier in her career, Rebekah held leadership positions at Western Washington University's Queer Resource Center and the Office of Sustainability, supporting and furthering the diversity and sustainability goals of the university. In addition, Rebekah had the unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge in crafting public policy as an intern for United States Congressman Rick Larsen.
In 2015, Rebekah was honored as a "Woman of the Year" by the Speaker of the California State Assembly, Toni G. Atkins and was additionally named one of San Diego's "Who's Next: 21 Future Leaders" by Our City San Diego for her work in the LGBT community.
Rebekah holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in American politics and elections, and a Master's Degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies with a focus on public policy, stakeholder engagement and environmental land use, from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.
Committed to making a difference in her community, Rebekah is a member of the San Diego Leadership Alliance Board of Directors, a 2013 Alumni of New Leaders Council Institute, a member of The Center's Young Professionals Council, and remains steadfast in her commitment to be civically engaged through her volunteerism.