HU Employee Spotlight: Rebecca Offensend

At Humanity United, we are proud to work with a talented and dedicated team that brings curiosity, empathy and creativity to our commitment to create a world with greater peace and dignity.

Each month, we will highlight one of our team members and invite you to meet the individuals that make so much of our work possible.


Name & position?
Rebecca Offensend | Investments Associate, supporting the Working Capital Fund

Have you had any unusual pets?
I’m a dog lover through and through, so not really. I am starting to have a plant menagerie, though; so far it’s just a snake plant and a panda plant, but I’m always open to adding to the botanical zoo!

What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
Ohhh, tough choice. I’ve made a goal of reading 24 books a year for the last couple of years, and my tastes are pretty wide. For business/tech books, I loved Bad Blood, by John Carreyou. For fiction, a recent favorite was The Fifth Season, by N. K. Jemisen (originally recommended by the HU book club!). Finally, I try to read at least one biography/autobiography of a cool woman each year, of which Julia Child’s My Life in France and Michelle Obama’s Becoming were among my recent favorites.

What do you do for fun?
Living in San Francisco again has returned me to the friends, family, food, and outdoors that I missed while living in New York! I go hiking, check out cool restaurants, cook, go to movies at the Castro Theater, and explore the nooks and crannies of the city. I’m also an aspiring Jeopardy! champion.

What was your first job?
I was a babysitter for many years and a camp counselor, which provided me my first measly paycheck of $617 (for the whole summer!). After college, I spent a few years teaching snowboarding and waitressing in Jackson Hole, WY. I firmly believe the world would be a nicer place if everyone had to marry ketchup bottles, juggle serving trays, and clean up spilled milk for a while.

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
On a few occasions, I’ve moved to a new place knowing no one, without a job, and without a place to live – which I highly recommend to anyone who wants to be adventurous! I’ve also skydived a couple times and LOVED it.

Favorite travel location?
Anywhere I haven’t been yet!

Favorite food indulgence?
Sushi. I also love cooking something really special for my friends and family.

What is something about you that may surprise others?
I hate popcorn – you can have the whole bucket to yourself at the movie theater if you come with me.

What inspires you?
Seeing someone realize their full potential and imaging the incredible power we could create if everyone got that opportunity.