You can find Pac Arts member REBECCA KELLEY running around at San Diego City Hall when see isn’t spending time with her beautiful family.
1) Tell us about yourself.
I grew up New York (the state, not the city). I am an only child and was adopted from Seoul, South Korea, at the age of 6 months. I graduated from SUNY Buffalo and moved to San Diego on a whim.
Prior to joining Councilmember Chris Cate’s team as his Communications Director, I served six years with the YMCA of San Diego County as a regional Marketing/Communications Director. Before that, I was the Community Relations Director for County Supervisor Ron Roberts.
I am the proud (okay, VERY proud) mother to Reagan. She is 4 years old and truly the light of my life. She is a dragon baby with all of the personality traits that come with it! My husband, Ron, is amazing, as well. He and I were married at the Japanese Friendship Garden in April of 2008. We live in Scripps Ranch, and I serve on the board for the United Way of San Diego County.
2) Who has had the biggest influence on your life, and why?
Lani Lutar has been the biggest influence on my life. When Lani was the Executive Director of ABA, she brought me under her wing and truly helped me connect with folks in San Diego. Without her, I would not be able to call San Diego my home. I’ve always aspired to be like Lani, professionally and personally.
Fun facts about me:
- I have a very large collection of pint glasses (beer glasses). More than 750. No duplicates; itemized and insured.
- I went from being a high school cheerleader to a collegiate rugby player. I know — super random!
4) Why is Pacific Arts Movement meaningful to you?
As an adoptee, learning about my heritage is uber important. Even more so now that I am a mother. I want my daughter to see individuals that look like her in movies and on the big screen, and I want to see that, too. I also want her to know to dream big. She can be and do anything she wants. Pac Arts turns hope into reality. If she wants to write a score for a movie, she can do that. If she wants try out for the leading role in a play, she can do that. She can even be President.
5) Do you have a fave Pac Arts moment?
I am a HUGE fan of Survivor (the show). I have only ever missed one episode. So, my favorite Pac Arts moment was meeting Yul Kwon from Survivor. I rarely get star-struck, but when I shook his hand, I was like a teenage girl at an N’Sync concert.
6) Words you live by:
“Be who you are and say what you mean. Because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind!” – Dr. Seuss.