Rebekah Harriman Stites – Board of Education

Rebekah Harriman-Stites brings over a decade of fundraising, communications, legislative advocacy experience her candidacy. An accomplished grant researcher and writer, her proposals have netted over $40 million in funding.

Prior to starting a fundraising consulting firm in 2010, Ms. Harriman-Stites served as Grants Writer for the City of Bridgeport, where she researched and wrote successful funding proposals to various federal agencies such as the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Endowment for the Arts, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She has also written and submitted successful grants to a range of state, local, and private funding sources.

In addition to financial procurement, she is experienced in public relations and marketing, and provides one-on-one training and support to start-up nonprofit organizations.

Ms. Harriman-Stites has lived in Newtown for 13 years with her husband Chris and 9 year old son Fisher, a 4th grader at Hawley School. She serves on the Board of Directors for the EverWonder Children’s Museum, is a past President of the Middle Gate School PTA, and currently serves on the Municipal Buildings Strategic Planning Committee. In 2014, she was named a Money Magazine ™ Hero for her work in co-founding the My Sandy Hook Family Fund in the wake of December 14th, 2012.

Ms. Harriman-Stites is a graduate of the Central Connecticut State University School with a degree in Social Work and Leadership Greater Bridgeport, for which she serves as the Chair on the Board of Directors. In 2010, she was named one of the top “40 under 40” business leaders in Fairfield County.