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Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

President and CEO


Rebecca Fishman Lipsey is President and CEO of The Miami Foundation, the home base for generosity, leadership, and connection focused on building a Miami where everyone thrives.


Since her appointment in 2020, Rebecca has grown the Foundation by 50%, infusing a commitment to equity into every grant program and initiative at the Foundation. Rebecca’s focus on collective impact leads the Foundation to bring people together to solve community issues more powerfully together. Under her leadership the Foundation has tackled serious issues like bringing internet to all disconnected families, building a proactive disaster resilience fund, mobilizing the philanthropic response to both COVID and the Surfside building collapse, and incubating countless coalitions and funding collaboratives to address both local and national needs.


Prior to leading The Miami Foundation, Rebecca was the youngest person in history appointed to the Florida Board of Education, overseeing educational policy impacting 3 million children from kindergarten through college. Rebecca founded Radical Partners, an incubator for social impact ventures. She started her career as a public school teacher, inspired by her grandparents’ experience as refugees years ago.


Rebecca was named “Best Non-Profit Executive” by The International Stevie Award for Women in Business; “Best Role Model” by Miami Today, and “20 Under 40″ by The Miami Herald.  She holds a master’s from Bank Street College of Education and graduated as valedictorian of her University of Pennsylvania undergraduate class. When she’s not building a stronger Miami, you can find Rebecca banging on the piano, walking ‘round the neighborhood with her husband of 19 years, and serving as a personal assistant to her two young boys.