Rebecca E. Steele Biography

   Rebecca E. Steele                          Jacksonville Commissioner

       Rebecca E. Steele              
       Jacksonville Commissioner

Rebecca served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Acosta Sales & Marketing, retiring in January 2015.  During her tenure at Acosta Rebecca was responsible for Talent Strategies, Total Rewards, HR Systems, Compliance and Organizational Development, Training & Leadership Initiatives. 

While foundational HR programs were a part of Rebecca’s focus at Acosta, she also placed a priority on strategic growth initiatives.  She was a leading member of the new business team that secured Procter & Gamble, one of the world’s largest and most respected consumer goods companies, as an Acosta client.  Following this, working closely with the business, Rebecca was instrumental in new business initiatives with Campbell’s, Kellogg, Kraft and Samsung.

Among other Executive leaders in the consumer goods companies, Rebecca was named a Progressive Grocer 2014 Top Women in Grocery award winner. The Top Women in Grocery program honors the most successful women in the grocery industry from all levels of the food retailer and supplier communities. The award winners were selected for demonstrating outstanding leadership and influence in the industry.

In addition to her corporate work, Rebecca has proven herself as a community advocate. In December 2013 Governor Rick Scott appointed Rebecca to the Florida Commission on Human Relations.   In April 2015 Rebecca was appointed by the Mayor and City Council of Jacksonville to serve as a member of the Job Opportunity Bank Board.  This seven-member board will determine allocation of funds in support of workforce training and development.

Rebecca has more than 25 years of experience, beginning with the Marriott Corporation in Washington, DC, where she provided human resources support for the food service management division and corporate acquisitions.  Her experience also includes human resource management positions with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, A. Foster Higgins consulting firm in California and First Hospital Corporation.  In 1995 she joined Stein Mart Inc., a national fashion merchandise retailer, where she held several leadership positions including vice president of human resources. 

Rebecca is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a master’s degree in education and instructional design. She is on the advisory board for the Career Center at Jacksonville University, is active in the consumer packaged goods industry's Network of Executive Women, where she serves on the National Advisory Board for Diversity and Inclusion, and has served as Chairman of the Board of Habitat for Humanity, this organization’s largest affiliate, Jacksonville, FL.  She is currently a Human Capital consultant with the Gerson Lehrman Group in NYC focusing on clients representing private equity interests.