Rebecca TeKolste joins Yale after returning from Peace Corps service in Guatemala, where she worked on the maternal and child health project with a rural Mayan community. There she worked with indigenous mothers on issues of nutrition and healthy pregnancies. She also focused on training health center staff on adult learning methodologies and interactive education techniques. Before her Peace Corps service, Rebecca worked with a nonprofit that focused on workforce development in the Chicagoland area. After her Peace Corps service, Rebecca worked on evidence-based policymaking and program evaluation through the Pay for Success Initiative at the Urban Institute. Rebecca graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude from Northwestern University in 2012. She holds a bachelor of arts in political science with an honors degree in international studies. Her studies focused on Middle East politics. Her studies in Jordan and Peace Corps service inspired her to study gender issues and the secondary effects of American foreign policy. She speaks Spanish, some French, and has fading skills in Arabic.