Rebecca Subar

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Senior Partner

Rebecca is a strategist and practitioner who supports leaders at all levels of organizational life to make strategic and relationship choices with integrity in a racist world. She has given advice and support to political actors and activists on change, challenge and conflict for over thirty years, with attention to power relations and human relationships at the center of her work.


Rebecca, who goes by the pronouns she or they, enjoys challenging and being challenged, bringing her flawed authentic self to the task of coaching a client toward their own authentic best. She is as eager to apply political principles to a group’s theory of change as she is to draw flow charts to represent it. She brings a sense of humor, creativity to imagine what is possible, analytical tools to help assess what is reasonable, and enthusiasm for helping a client tell a new story of change.


For fourteen years Rebecca taught in the peace and conflict studies program at West Chester University. Her book, When to Talk and When to Fight: The Strategic Choice Between Dialogue and Resistance (PM Press 2021, graphics and charts by Rosi Greenberg) echoes Dragonfly's approach to changemaking.


Rebecca is a white, non-binary, middle class, able-bodied queer secular Jew. They have a master in public administration with a concentration in conflict management from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA in writing and politics from Barnard College. Besides solving problems related to social change, Rebecca enjoys solving mechanical problems with wood, rope, turnbuckles and pulleys.