Rebecca Styn serves as the Executive Director of the Idea Fund Erie, non-profit organization that supports early stage entrepreneurs through funding and education with priorities given to women, minorities and veterans. In addition to her role, she also is Proprietor of Room 33, a newly developed speakeasy style bar and restaurant located in downtown Erie. Throughout her career, Styn has continually dedicated her energy to advancing community-oriented organizations. She has run for local political office, served as campaign chair for other local and statewide candidates and previously served as contributing editor and writer for the Erie Reader, penning bi-monthly columns focusing on the issues that affect the city. She is also working on her dissertation (Entrepreneurial Leadership) for her Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Learning at Gannon University. From a volunteer perspective, she serves as president of the board of the Public Relations Society of NWPA, and on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She held previous appointments with the Erie Redevelopment Authority and the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority. She has also previously served in executive board roles for the Erie Art Museum, the Flagship Niagara League, and several other local non-profit organizations. Rebecca holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Gannon, and bachelor of music in piano performance from Mercyhurst University. For her work within the Erie community, Rebecca has been recognized and the recipient of key awards such as the Erie Reader’s 40 under 40, Mercy Center for Women’s Women Making History, and yep! Generation-E awardee.