Biography

Rie Poirier-Campbell is Executive Director of Hartford Performs, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Hartford Public School students learn by engaging them in creative entry points into classroom subjects. Her involvement with Hartford Performs began with its inception as a program of the Greater Hartford Arts Council in 2009. She worked closely with the growing organization until leaving the Arts Council in 2012, and then became Hartford Performs' Executive Director in 2014.

Rie has a strong background in nonprofit management, and arts administration in particular, reflecting her passion for the arts in all its forms. For 12 years, she worked at the Greater Hartford Arts Council, where she led its marketing and development functions before serving as Chief Operating Officer for five years. She directed the Arts Council's $3 million-$4 million annual campaign to fund grants and services to more than 150 regional arts and heritage organizations. She also oversaw all grant-making, programming and finance functions there.

From 2012 to 2014, Rie was Vice President of Advancement for the Connecticut Science Center, directing the development, marketing and membership functions of the state's leading institution for informal science learning. Her nonprofit experience also includes three years as Director of Communications for the Connecticut Capitol Region Growth Council, the region's economic development organization at the time.

Before dedicating herself to the nonprofit sector beginning in 1998, Rie held marketing and communications positions in the fields of politics, television, real estate development, insurance, government and consumer products.

Currently the Board President of The Betty Knox Foundation, Rie's commitment to the community includes prior service on the Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts and the Boards of the Connecticut Arts Alliance, Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, Nutmeg Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Clare Gallery, Seniors Job Bank, Agora, Channel 3 Kids Camp and Church Street Singers.

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