Lerback Appointed Director of Development

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rebecca Coleman Lerback as the director of development as of Monday, February 21, 2011. Lerback brings 23 years of experience working in advancement with institutions of higher education and nonprofits and will oversee Garden fund-raising and encourage philanthropy.

“I am really excited to have Rebecca join our leadership team,” said Patrick Larkin, RSABG executive director. “She brings a tremendous amount of experience from the philanthropic world, and has a strong background of fundraising success. Additionally, her enthusiasm for the Garden and the important work we do is a valuable asset in achieving our overall fundraising goals.”

Lerback is a fundraising leader who has focused on major gift and corporate and foundation institutional advancement support.

“RSABG has held a special place in my heart for nearly 40 years,” Lerback said. “I am looking forward to working with the donors, volunteers and staff who help the Garden achieve its mission to inspire, inform and educate the public about California’s native plants.”

She comes to RSABG from The Ralph M. Parson Foundation in Los Angeles, where she served as a program officer, and was responsible for reviewing, researching and evaluating funding requests from nonprofits. Her development experience also includes positions at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California, Whittier College, Harvey Mudd College, California State University, and Claremont Graduate University. Early in her career, Lerback served as the membership coordinator and public relations specialist for RSABG.

Lerback holds a B.A. in English from California State University, Fullerton. Lerback was recently appointed by Claremont City Council to serve on the Claremont Hills Conservation Corporation until 2013. She has served on committees at Sycamore Elementary School and Claremont High School, was a consultant for the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy and was a board member of the Whittier Boys and Girls Club.