Rhoda is the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Illinois Arts Council Agency (retired) has been associated with the IACA, a state agency, since 1986. Other positions she has held include: Executive Director of the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra and high school teacher in the Chicagoland area.
Rhoda has been a Board Member of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) and has served on the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) State Partnership Panel and the NEA Arts and Disabilities Symposium, as well as, the federal General Services Administration Percent for Art Committee.
She has been a member of the Fine Arts Review Committee for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Illinois’ State Capitol, a panelist for the Art-in-Architecture Program in Illinois, and on the committee of the “Year of the American Craft.”
Rhoda is a life Trustee of Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois and is a past President of the Highland Park, Illinois Library Board of Trustees. She was the first President of the Highland Park Sister Cities Foundation, now actively engaged in cultural exchanges with Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She also is a Board Member of the Pilgrim Chamber Players and a member of the Highland Park Cultural Arts Commission. In January, 2012 she will begin service on the subcommittee in charge
of overseeing public art in Highland Park.
Rhoda is the recipient of the “Woman of Achievement in the Arts” award from the YWCA of Lake County, her home county.
Ms. Pierce holds a B.A. degree from Lake Forest College and a high school teaching certificate from Northeastern University.
Rhoda Pierce lives with her husband in Highland Park, Illinois. She is the mother of two sons and three stepsons