Rebecca McDonald
Director of Communications

Rebecca joined the SETI Institute in 2017. She oversees all external communications including the website, e-communications, social media, media relations, and marketing collateral. She also heads up the Center for Outreach programs, Big Picture Science and the SETI Talks colloquium series. 

Rebecca’s professional experience has included traditional advertising, both marketing- and creatively-driven, web development and e-communications, and nonprofit marketing and communications. She brings the ability to achieve measurable results, with a focus on building brand awareness and engagement through compelling narrative. Most recently she was Communications Director for the National Eczema Association where she successfully doubled membership using digital acquisition and cultivation strategies. Some of her other non-profit work includes the Episcopal Church Foundation, the Albert G. Oliver Program, and Fort Greene PUPS.

Rebecca is new to the Bay Area, having grown up in Massachusetts and working for most of her career in New York. While she sorely misses New York pizza and bagels, she enjoys sweeping views of the water and the night sky from her back porch.