Rena Behar's maternal grandparents were both born on the Island of Rhodes. She grew up in Japan and moved to the United States for college, graduating with a product design degree from Stanford University in 1985. Rena is on the board of Congregation Ezra Bessaroth. Trained as an industrial designer, Rena manages commercial properties in Seattle and Okinawa, Japan. She and her husband Dana Behar have two daughters.