Rebecca Altman


Social Innovation Strategist. Meditation maven. Cooking Creative. Empathy Enthusiast. Californiafied Carolinian.

Rebecca Altman  is a Director at Third Plateau, where she leverages her experience in social entrepreneurship and professional coaching to support and spark transformation in social sector leaders through Third Plateau’s coaching and philanthropic advising practices.

Prior to Third Plateau, Rebecca worked for Ashoka in Washington, D.C. She also played a key role in the launch of Ashoka Scandinavia, including designing and building Ashoka’s Fellowship program, which provides leadership development and capacity-building support to social entrepreneurs across the region. Rebecca has provided strategic advising and coaching to social entrepreneurs in diverse contexts around the world, from Brazil, where she helped launch Miraclefeet’s first program with orthopedic surgeons to promote inclusive clubfoot treatment, to Scandinavia, where she served as an advisor to numerous Scandinavian entrepreneurs launching and scaling their organizations. Rebecca’s interest in people and social change has also led her to manage both qualitative and quantitative research projects, including authoring a peer-reviewed public health paper on the effectiveness of institutional delivery in reducing neonatal mortality in Gujarat, India.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Bay Area Community Services, which operates the largest program to end homelessness in the Bay Area through its focus on behavioral health, housing, and aging services for teens, adults, older adults, and their families. She received her BA from Emory University, her MSc in Global Health from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and her coaching credentials from the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, California (CTI).

Rebecca lives in Lafayette, CA with her husband, Alex, and spends her free time doing yoga, exploring new hiking trails, reading about coaching and leadership development, cooking, and throwing pottery. Born in San Francisco, Rebecca grew up in North Carolina and is a Tar Heel at heart