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Rita Dillard

Business Operations Manager


Rita Dillard joined the Regional Arts Commission in January 2020 as the Human Resource Manager.  She has 20 years of HR experience working for organizations such as Famous Barr/Macys and BJC, including 7 years within the nonprofit sector at The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis as the Human Resource and Volunteer Program Manager.

As an HR professional, Rita considers herself a collaborative thought partner who provides support and objective insight to inform and develop her team members.  She is focused on supporting the mission of the organization while putting cultural values into action and creating an inclusive environment.

In her new role as the Business Operations Manager, Rita is responsible for implementing task-based and strategic business goals and promoting an organizational culture of high performance and continuous improvement.  She oversees all phases of planning, development, and maintenance of a broad portfolio of operational functions that include Human Resources, IT, Facilities, and Finance and Accounting, ensuring compliance with all RAC’s policies, procedures, and best practices related to its operations. Rita ensure that these functions run smoothly and effectively and that all external partners such as vendors and contractors deliver a scope of services that are in alignment with RAC’s values and priorities.

Rita earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration.

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