Rita Ossolinski

Program Director, Race, Equity, And Leadership Program (REAL)

National League of Cities


Rita Ossolinski joined NLC’s Race, Equity, And Leadership Team (REAL) in late 2018. She manages and supervises staff and key activities for funded REAL projects. Rita came to NLC after more than 20 years at the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) where she directed State and Affiliate relations with 43 state associations, and four national affiliates including the Local Government Hispanic Network, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Women Leading Government, and the International Network of Asian Public Administrators. Prior to her work at ICMA, Rita served as Deputy Director and Acting Director of the D.C. Government Office of Latino Affairs. Early in her career, Rita worked for two non-profit organizations. At the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, she directed a youth advocacy program in juvenile justice and delinquency prevention. At the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, she served as communications director.

A long time D.C. resident, Rita currently serves on the board of the Historical Society of Washington. She received her B.A. with a double major in Government and Spanish at the College of William & Mary.

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