Position: Director of Developments and Alumni Relations
Education: BA English Literature and Anthropology at Princeton University
MA Philosophy in American Studies at NYU
Before working at Robinson School, Rebecca Sumner was a performer! As a founders of the NY theater company, Big Art Group, she wrote and performed in several of their multimedia performances, including Flicker. When she left New York and returned to Puerto Rico, she started working as grant writer and administrative support for Betalocal, while completing another Master’s degree in Translation at the UPRRP.
Rebecca studied at Robinson School since 6th grade. She heard about a job opening at her alma mater and decided to apply. “I saw a great opportunity to return to the place that had cultivated my lifelong love for learning and give back.”
Since beginning at Robinson, she has worked hard to re-vitalize the Robinson Alumni Community as Alumni Relations director as part of the Institutional Advancement team with Anya Belaval and Karina Pacheco. So far this year, she organized the ‘60s All-Class Reunion and the ’71 reunion. Rebecca also visited Haiti last year with a Robinson delegation that included students and other staff. As Development director, the Scholarship Fund is another one of her main projects, “I want our Scholarship Fund to grow, so it will continue enriching our community. I believe our Scholarship Fund allows us to integrate the diversity and social responsibility that characterize Robinson in a way that benefits our entire community.” She is now working on the Robinson Christmas Auction, one of the many fundraisers for our Scholarship Fund. In January, she will be helping with the 115th Anniversary Golf Classic.
“Robinson has always been cutting-edge. Rigorous, yet open-minded. In particular, the IB program is very exciting, offering new ways of teaching and learning more suited to the 21st century. I love the holistic approach the school takes with our students. Robinson teaches much more than academics. Character, community service, social responsibility are all integrated into the Robinson curriculum,” she shared. Rebecca believes that diversity is one of the aspects that makes Robinson truly unique on the island. She loves how “there are different ethnicities, social classes, and faiths all come together to form a vibrant and dynamic community.”
When she’s not working she enjoys the performing arts (both watching and doing). She practices creative writing, playwriting, creative placemaking, bilingual theater and dramatic translation.