Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation Names Rebecca F. Schutte President, CEO

Rebecca Schutte has been named president and CEO of the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising organization affiliated with Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

She previously served as director of donor services at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, where she managed donor relations, engagement, and grantmaking.

“We are so fortunate to have Rebecca join us at this pivotal moment in our history,” said Janet Olson, chair of the foundation’s board of directors. “Her experience and track record will enable us to accelerate and expand our support of the transformational work of the Center.”

Pennington Biomedical Research Center conducts basic, clinical, and population research, and is affiliated with Louisiana State University. The Center provides cutting-edge treatments for obesity and diabetes through its Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, including lifestyle interventions, drug and combination therapies, and surgical procedures. In addition, the Pennington Diabetes Clinic is piloting a weight-centric care model for Medicaid members with diabetes and prediabetes. 

Gifts to the Pennington Foundation help fund pilot research projects; recruiting and retaining scientists; and advancing technology.  The Foundation is also pursuing support for large-scale research initiatives that promise to improve health outcomes in the community, throughout the state, across the nation, and around the globe.

Schutte earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in development economics and international business relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Prior to working at BRAF, Schutte served as programs and business development manager at Innovations for Poverty Action, a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes solutions to global poverty problems. She has also held positions at The World Bank and the Center for Global Development. Schutte served as a Peace Corps volunteer for girls’ education and empowerment in Burkina Faso.