Rebecca Lerback

Director of Development

Rebecca Lerback brings nearly 30 years of experience in higher education, nonprofit management, and philanthropy to her position as the director of development at the Willamette University College of Law. Her passion is helping donors achieve their philanthropic goals by supporting the law school’s mission-based priorities.

Prior to coming to Willamette in 2015, Lerback held a variety of development positions at several colleges and universities, including Harvey Mudd College, University of Southern California, and Claremont Graduate University. Over her career, she has been involved with three capital campaigns and has helped raise many millions of dollars for projects ranging from science laboratories to a brand new college campus. Lerback's fundraising expertise is complimented by her six years as a program officer at the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, one of the top private foundations in Los Angeles. Her professional training and expertise as a grant maker have given her invaluable insight about nonprofit management as well as understanding development from a donor’s perspective.

At the law school, Lerback serves as an advisory board member to the Willamette Public Interest Law Project. She also works closely with the volunteer Leadership Cabinet. Her past board service includes work with environmental, arts, and social service organizations in Southern California, including the Boys and Girls Club of Whittier, Ophelia’s Jump Theater, and the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy.


  • BA, California State University Fullerton