Rebecca Bear

President and CEO

Rebecca (she/her) joined the Foundation as the President and CEO in November of 2020. Rebecca is a leader in expanding access to outdoor recreation, parks, and open spaces. She has over 25 years of experience building and scaling organizations and community programs nationwide. She’s a passionate fundraiser, partnership builder and has experience encouraging diverse communities to engage with the outdoors. Formerly the Director of REI Outdoor Programs and Local Community Engagement, Rebecca brings expertise in public/private partnerships, local advocacy, and community engagement. She co-led REI’s local community diversity initiatives, including a groundbreaking gender equity program. Prior to her tenure at REI, Rebecca was Board Chair of Passages Northwest, now YMCA BOLD & GOLD, where she founded Girls Rock!, an outdoor mentorship program for adolescent girls. Rebecca was also the founder of an Outward Bound School in Monterrey, Mexico and worked around the world expanding schools for Outward Bound International. Rebecca co-founded the Coalition for Outdoor Access, a national advocacy group focused on facilitated access to public lands. She has received numerous awards for her service with public lands agencies, including the Wilderness Legacy Award from the US Forest Service and the National Recreation Resource Leadership Award. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University and a Certificate in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School.

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To make a donation by mail, please send a check payable to Seattle Parks Foundation to:

PO Box 3541
Seattle, WA 98124-3541

If your gift is intended for one of our community partners, please add their name in the memo line or with an accompanying note.

A tax receipt will be mailed to you upon receipt of your contribution.

Thank you!

Donate Your Car

Have an old car taking up space in your driveway?

Donate it to Seattle Parks Foundation!

We accept most cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RVs, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, heavy equipment, and other motorized vehicles. All or part of your donation may be tax deductible.

To get started, simply complete the online donation form or call 855.500.7433 or 855.500.RIDE to speak to a representative. You can also read more at

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