Rebekah Monson is co-founder and COO for WhereBy.Us, a platform that helps curious locals get engaged in their cities, starting with email newsletters. Its brands, Miami’s The New Tropic, Seattle’s The Evergrey, Portland’s Bridgeliner and Orlando’s Pulptown engage more than a million curious locals each year. The company was in the 2018 class of Jason Calcanis’s LAUNCH Incubator, and is expanding to new U.S. markets and enhancing its technology platform. Rebekah also co-founded Code for Miami and Hacks/Hackers Miami. She serves on several professional and civic boards aimed at improving journalism, technology, and civic life.
Before starting a company, Rebekah worked in positions across many local newsrooms, including reporter, editor, and design director. She also ran communications at the University of Miami School of Communication, where she also pursued (but didn’t complete) an M.F.A. in Interactive Media. She co-founded Code for Miami, a Code for America brigade of volunteers working to transform civic technology in Miami-Dade County, and Hacks/Hackers Miami, a grassroots organization of journalists, designers and developers who are reinventing media.
Rebekah has presented talks and training on journalism, technology, design and engagement at a variety of conferences, workshops, and events for organizations including Online News Association, National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR), Society of Professional Journalists, Society for News Design, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Hacks/Hackers, Institute for Nonprofit News, WordCamp, Maker Faire, Good Government Initiative, Code for America and TEDx. She has been selected as a Google Fellow at Personal Democracy Forum, a participant in the ONA-Poynter Digital Women’s Leadership Academy and an attendee at the White House LGBT Tech and Innovation Summit, among other awards and honors.