Rita joined ALDA as Head of the Project Management Department in February 2022. She is responsible for the overall management of all project managers and all ongoing projects of the Association, to ensure a unified, consistent and coherent action of ALDA.
Rita is an experienced manager and unit coordinator, thanks to her previous experience within an Italian Association of Local Authorities for Sustainable Development (FELCOS Umbria), where she had responsibilities linked to international projects and programmes design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, team coordination and cross-cultural networking.
During her 8-year professional experience, she has been committed to strengthening citizen participation, good governance and local authorities’ accountability on sustainable development. She managed various regional and international projects mainly funded by UNDP (United Nations Development Program) and the European Union (EuropAid, DEAR, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens, AMIF) and coordinated two working units, specifically dedicated to i) Development Education on Awareness Raising, and ii) SDGs localisation through an integrated and participatory approach for local development policy.
She was Research fellow on territorial heritage valorisation and community planning in 2015 and Assistant lecturer for six years in the Course on Urban planning for Development Cooperation at the University of Florence.
She holds a PhD in Urban and Territorial Planning and a Master’s Degree in Architecture in the University of Florence.
Italian native speaker, Rita is fluent in French and English.