Rebecca Onie

Co-founder, Health Leads

Rebecca Onie co-founded Health Leads as a college sophomore with Barry Zuckerman, M.D., chair of pediatrics at Boston Medical Center.

Onie was executive director of Health Leads for three years. After attending law school and practicing in Chicago, she returned to Health Leads as CEO in February 2006, leading the organization's expansion to new sites in Baltimore and Chicago.

Last year, a Health Leads corps of nearly 1,000 college volunteers assisted 8,800 low-income patients and their families in accessing food, heat and other basic resources they need to be healthy.

In 2009, Onie was honored with a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. She earned her B.A. and J.D. from Harvard University.