Maryland School of Public Policy
Class of 2015
Rebecca Scherpelz is a 2015 graduate of the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, specializing in International Development and Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She works as a Reporting Analyst with the Millennium Challenge Corporation and is a member of their Gender and Social Inclusion team. As a graduate student, Rebecca served as a Philanthropy Fellow with the Washington Area Women’s Foundation and interned as a Disability Rights Program Assistant with The Advocacy Project. She completed her project course as a Volunteer Consultant with the Grameen Foundation, traveling to India to work with a disability advocacy organization. She also studied in Israel and Jordan in 2014, learning about the role of philanthropy and fundraising in the Middle East.
Rebecca’s interest in inclusive international development started during undergraduate study and opportunities to travel, work, and volunteer abroad. Having spent five years in the non-profit sector as an advocate for disability rights both stateside (Indiana) and abroad (Uganda), she is looking forward to broadening her skills in policy, development, and advocacy. She is particularly interested in communication with grassroots organizations, and hopes to explore the important relationship with local communities and leaders as active participants in development efforts. Specifically, she wants to work with people with marginalized communities to help ensure they have an equal place in the conversation of community building, leadership, and growth. Prior to moving to Maryland, Rebecca worked with The Arc of Indiana, Self-Advocates of Indiana, Best Buddies Indiana, and Gulu Disabled Persons’ Union. Originally from the Midwest, Rebecca is a 2008 graduate of Butler University, where she studied International Studies, History, and Anthropology. She enjoys running, biking, music, languages, and the Chicago Cubs.