June 1, 2017
Dr. Dalitso Sulamoyo, former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA) in Springfield, Illinois, joined the RPC as the new CEO on Thursday, June 1.
Dalitso was born and raised in Malawi, a nation of 16 million people in southeast Africa that is considered one of the poorest countries in the world. He came to the United States in the 1990s to attend college, graduating magna cum laude from Illinois College with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations. He later earned master’s degrees in Political Studies and Public Administration from the University of Illinois Springfield. In 2011, he completed his PhD in Organizational Development from Benedictine College in Springfield, where he has also served as a senior lecturer.
“Dr. Sulamoyo brings a strong background in organizational leadership, government relations, collaboration, grants management and development of strategic initiatives to the Regional Planning Commission,” said Patrick Brown, Chair of the RPC’s CEO Selection Committee. “Those were all criteria we were looking for in our next CEO. One of the things that impressed us most about Dalitso was his genuine desire to work for an organization that has a direct positive impact on the community.”
Dalitso was with the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies for 16 years, leading a highly successful campaign to generate numerous funding sources for the association of 40 not-for-profits and public entities that serve communities and economically challenged citizens in Illinois. Meanwhile, his work with the Illinois Community Action Development Corporation led to the development of affordable housing complexes worth over $15 million combined in West Frankfort, Beardstown, and Hoopeston, Illinois.
Along with having his research and work published in a number of leading scholarly journals, Dalitso has presented internationally on various aspects of Organizational Development. In 2010, he led a delegation to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, working with local residents to rebuild a school destroyed after the 2010 earthquake. He has been recognized internationally by the Who’s Who Historical Society as a professional demonstrating exemplary achievement and distinguished contributions to the business community. In addition, he was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award from the Illinois Head Start Association in 2010, recognizing his leadership in fighting for social justice for children and families.