Rebecca F. Kauma
Pronouns
She/Her/Hers
Year
2020
Chapter
Position
Project Lead, Economic and Digital Inclusion, City of Long Beach

Rebecca F. Kauma is a passionate diversity, equity and inclusion professional with extensive public health, project management and community engagement expertise. Rebecca is currently the Project Lead for Economic and Digital Inclusion at The City of Long Beach. In this role, she is leading and managing the City's Economic and Digital Inclusion Initiatives to ensure that low-income communities and communities of color in Long Beach have the opportunities, resources and power they need to thrive economically. Rebecca strives to uplift and empower communities most in need through equitable, inclusive and culturally competent programs, practices, policies and systems change efforts.

Rebecca's devotion for diversity, equity and inclusion stems from her undergraduate coursework and student leadership experience in addressing health disparities and inequities. As an undergraduate student at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Rebecca served as a Preconception Peer Educator through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health's Preconception Peer Educators (PPE) Program. In this role, she educated her peers at CSUN and raised awareness about the disproportionate high infant mortality rates among communities of color, specifically among Black/African-American women. As Rebecca progressed in her diversity, equity and inclusion career, she began to realize how institutional and systemic oppression have perpetuated inequities across all systems in this country. In response, Rebecca is applying an equity lens and inclusion approach to advance equitable outcomes for communities most in need in Long Beach through economic/digital equity and inclusion.

Rebecca has received honors and recognition for her economic and digital inclusion efforts in Long Beach. Rebecca managed the 'Everyone In' Economic Inclusion Listening Tour (Community Conversations) project that was recognized with an EPIC Award from the California Public Information Officials (CAPIO) in April 2019. In addition, she managed the International Digital Inclusion Week Social Media Engagement Campaign project that also received an Award of Distinction from CAPIO. As the Project Manager, Rebecca intentionally incorporated an equity lens and inclusion approach during the planning and implementation of both City projects.

Rebecca has a Master in Public Administration with an emphasis on Healthcare Policy from American University School of Public Affairs. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from California State University, Northridge.