Rebecca (Becca) Benghiat is president and chief operating officer for The Jed Foundation (JED). Benghiat is leading JED’s efforts to expand its work in higher education, rooted in JED’s Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for Colleges and Universities, to further push systemic change for mental health and suicide prevention systems change. She also oversees the scaling of JED’s new Comprehensive Approach for High Schools, while creating broad awareness across secondary education that emotional preparation for life after high school is an essential undertaking during the high school years. Benghiat also leads efforts to strengthen the mental health attitudes and behaviors of young adults, their families, and community members.
Previously, she served as chief operating and advancement officer at The Quad Preparatory School. She has also served as executive director of Facing Addiction with NCADD, supported the rapid scaling of citiesRISE, and spearheaded the launch of several philanthropic organizations.