Staff Spotlight: Rebekah Altman – Development Director

December 16, 2023
Staff Spotlight: Rebekah Altman – Development Director

In two sentences tell us what you do at the Deschutes River Conservancy?

As Development Director for the DRC, I collaborate with individuals, foundations, and businesses to gather foundational support that keeps our organization running at its best. This department organizes our annual fundraising event River Feast, supports our Raise The Deschutes seminar series, pint nights, and other DRC benefits.

What is the most important thing you are working on right now?

With the exception of RiverFeast, a lot of development work is behind the scenes. I'm really interested in pursuing more and more meaningful ways to connect with people, and one project I'm super excited about is a new giving program (still in the works) that gives donors and partners a sustainable way to engage with the DRC. More to come :)

What is something that is happening at the organization right now you are very excited about?

It's been remarkable to watch the interest grow in our Raise The Deschutes series since its launch in summer 2022. I am continually impressed with the level of expertise in our staff and partners who share their knowledge at these talks, and with our audience for their commitment to our Basin and willingness to actively participate in making change for the better.

What is the most unique part about working for The Deschutes River Conservancy?

In my professional experience, taking care of yourself and working hard for the organizational mission often feel mutually exclusive. That's not the ethos at the DRC, and I am so grateful to be part of this culture.

Last book you read OR movie you watched?

I don't usually do this, but I am currently reading multiple books simultaneously. The most beautiful, moving, and emotionally tough is The Overstory by Richard Powers.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Watching live music, getting outside, making and enjoying family meals.

What is one thing you can't live without?

My kids, time in nature, and as much as I hate to admit it, morning coffee.

What is the number one piece of advice you have for someone trying to get into this field?

Volunteer at organizations you're interested in - these opportunities do sometimes lead to a permanent position, and at the very least provide you with connections, experience, and a sense of whether it actually feels like a good fit.

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