Education MPA (Master of Public Affairs), University of Massachusetts Boston
Rebekah Gewirtz, MPA, has served as the executive director of the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) since January 2014. She manages the day-to-day operations and provides strategic vision for the organization. She is engaged in fund-raising, member and stakeholder recruitment and retention, and advancement of policy priorities. In 2015, under Gewirtz’s leadership, MPHA was selected through a competitive process as a Social Innovator with the Social Innovation Forum. Previously, Gewirtz served for nine years as the director of government relations at the National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter. In this capacity, she was a leader in the campaign to raise the minimum wage in 2006. She was co-chair of the Campaign for our Communities from 2011 through 2013, working with the support of nearly 100 organizations for a state revenue package that would be adequate and fair. Gewirtz also served her own community as Ward 6 Alderman in the City of Somerville for 10 years. She was elected to office in 2005 and re-elected four times. Gewirtz was named Woman to Watch by the political youth group Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century. Upon graduation from the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, she received the Outstanding Public Service Award. In November 2013, Gewirtz was honored by the Greater Boston Labor Council with its Leadership Award.