Rita Johnson has been an advocate for Community Partnership Programs since 1993, when she participated in one of the first programs developed - in Charuru, Kenya. Since then, she has visited 14 sites and served as a Team Leader on over 20 trips. From India to Mexico to Minnesota to Kenya, Nepal, Thailand, New Mexico, and the Olympic Peninsula, she found these experiences humbling, mind-expanding, and generously sprinkled with jaw-dropping 'ah-ha' and 'laugh-out-loud' moments. Immersion into others' culture and daily lives is very different than looking out the bus window, as it requires courage and care from both the Xperitas team and the local community members. Facilitating these experiences through Global Citizens' Network and Xperitas has been one of her life's greatest joys.
Her professional life includes stints as a parole agent, a manager at Ford Motor Company's Twin Cities Assembly Plant, and a professor of Management at Metro State University and Hamline University. She is retired and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.