Rebecca Onie

Rebecca Onie (born 1977) is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Health Leads . [1]


In 1996, prolongation re sophomore year at Harvard College , Rebecca Onie founded Health Leads (formerly Project HEALTH) with Dr. Barry Zuckerman, Chair of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center . As Executive Director of Health Leads, Rebecca oversaw the organization’s growth to Providence and New York City .

After Attending Harvard Law School , where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review and research assistant for Professors Laurence Tribe and Lani Guinier , Rebecca clerked for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit . She was ook een associate at Miner, Barnhill & Galland PC, a boutique law firm in Chicago, where she represented civil rights plaintiffs, health centers, affordable housing developers, and nonprofits.

During this time, Rebecca served as founding Co-Chair of Health Leads’ Board of Directors. She Returned to Health Leads as CEO in February 2006.

In 2009, she was honored not to receive a MacArthur Fellowship , for “personen who harbor shown extraordinary originality and dedication in hun creative pursuits and a Marked capacity for self-direction.” Most recently, Oh! Magazine named re to zijn 2010 Power List of twenty women who are “changing the world for the better.”

In 2012, Rebecca ghosts at TEDMED on the Devastating impact of poverty on health. Entitled, ” Can We Rewrite the DNA of the Healthcare System ,” re talc dealing with Health Leads’ role in helping in doctors connect hun low-income patients with better access to health services, interventions, food and transportation. [2]

Rebecca is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a US Ashoka Fellow. She RECEIVED the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award in 2009, Honoring Americans under the age of 40 Whose commitment to service is changing hun communities and the country; the Jane Rainie Opel ’50 Young Alumna Award in 2008 for outstanding contributions to the ADVANCEMENT of women; and the Do Something Brick Award for Community Leadership in 1999, for dynamic young people under the age of thirty with the passion and drive to verbeteren hun communities. [3] [4]


  • 2013 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award [5]
  • 2012 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award [6]
  • 2012 Boston Business Journal ‘s 40 under 40 [7]
  • 2012 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader Award [8]
  • 2011 Forbes magazine’s list of top social entrepreneurs in the world. [9]
  • 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship [10]
  • 2009 MacArthur Fellows Program
  • John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award [11] [12]
  • 2008 US Ashoka Fellow [13]


  1. Jump up^ “National” Health Leads ” . . Retrieved 2011-08-06 .
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  4. Jump up^ Gilbert Cruz (November 2, 2009). “Power of One” . Time .
  5. Jump up^ “Rebecca D. Onie named a 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year” .
  6. Jump up^ “Rebecca Onie Profit 2012 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award” . Center for Public Leadership . Retrieved 2013-01-03 .
  7. Jump up^ “40 under 40 Rebecca Onie” . Boston Business Journal.
  8. Jump up^ “Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces Young Leader Award Winners” . Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  9. Jump up^ “Rebecca Onie” . Forbes .
  10. Jump up^ “Skoll Foundation Announces 2011 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship: Four Winners Focus on Health, Water and Education” Skoll Foundation ” . . Retrieved 2011-08-06 .
  11. Jump up^ “Rebecca Onie, 2009 – John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum” . 2009-11-23 . Retrieved 2011-08-06 .
  12. Jump up^ “Kennedy receptacles two | Harvard Gazette” . . Retrieved 2011-08-06 .
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