Prior to founding Canticle in 2009, Rebecca Wilson had been, since 2000, an independent consultant working on strategic communications and grantseeking with nonprofit and public sector organizations including the Chicago Consultation and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland. She served on the leadership teams for several successful non-partisan ballot issue campaigns including measures that support urban public schools; alcohol, drug and mental health treatment; and public libraries. From 1996-2000, she was marketing director for the Akron-Summit County (Ohio) Public Library where she oversaw both the public information and political campaigns for a successful $80 million capital improvement bond issue and a subsequent successful operating renewal.

Rebecca has also worked in communications for a consumer product manufacturer and taught business and technical writing at the university level and English literature and composition to middle school students. She holds a B.A. in English from Duke University, an M.A. in English from Kent State University, and an executive certificate in nonprofit management from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.