Rebecca Bass

AKA: "Becca"

Director of Strategic Program Development and Grants | Administrative Team


BA, Haverford College
MS, Columbia University
MSW, University at Buffalo


Becca Bass currently serves as the Director of Strategic Program Development and Grants at Say Yes Buffalo, where she works in close partnership with program directors and organizational leadership to fund, sustain, and grow our student and family support programming. Becca previously served as Grants Manager and as a Family Support Specialist working directly with students and families referred by the Erie County Department of Social Services and Buffalo Public Schools Student Support Teams for additional supports.

Becca started at Say Yes National in 2013 as the Special Assistant to the President and later as the National Project Manager for CEO Initiatives at the national office of Say Yes to Education. In these roles, she supported the development of the organizational theory of action, coordinated planning task forces in pilot communities, created communications materials and presentations for the national leadership team, and served as liaison to the National Board of Directors and Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining Say Yes Buffalo, Becca served as the Research Coordinator and Senior Project Administrator at the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) at Teachers College, Columbia University. In this role, she managed the research agenda of the Center, co-authored research publications, coordinated an international research workgroup, and worked with the Center’s education team to design and deliver courses focused on systems thinking, leadership in complex systems, and conflict resolution as part of their Advanced Certificate in Cooperation and Conflict Resolution.

Becca has also worked in community research and advocacy at Partnership for the Public Good, as a Family Services Assistant at Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, as a pedagogical consultant for the Teaching and Learning Initiative at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, and served as a Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow. Each step of Becca’s career path has been animated by a passion for social justice and an interest in applying systems thinking and interdisciplinary perspectives to pressing social issues. Becca is particularly passionate about educational equity, collective impact, and coordinating and aligning services for youth and families.

Becca is a proud graduate of the Buffalo Public Schools, and she holds a Master of Social Work from the University at Buffalo, a Master of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Psychology and Educational Studies from Haverford College.

What draws you to work at Say Yes?

I love Say Yes Buffalo’s holistic and comprehensive approach to supporting children and families, and our commitment to building partnerships to better serve our community.

Hobbies & Passions

Ceramics | Hiking | Reading

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