Rita S. Holmes-Bobo


Rita Holmes-Bobo

Rita S. Holmes-Bobo

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Pronouns: she/her
Rita Holmes-Bobo


Rita Holmes-Bobo serves as Robins Kaplan’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). She is responsible for providing DEI vision and leadership, and plays a significant role in executing firm-wide strategies and practices to advance the firm’s DEI goals. She is the primary point of contact and support for the firm’s Diversity Committee and its working groups. She also works collaboratively with firm leaders to plan, communicate, and implement new strategies for hiring, retaining, and promoting talent from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

Prior to her current role, she served as the Director of Diversity for a Midwest law firm where she collaborated with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee to achieve DEI strategic plan goals. Additionally, she participated in client meetings, pitches, and events to facilitate greater diversity and inclusion in the legal field.

Rita has also served as the Executive Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for a 1,500-employee, five-state behavioral healthcare/child welfare leader. In this role, she launched the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion function, providing leadership to all related programs and initiatives.

  • Named the "Dick Wintermote Chapter Leader of the Year" by the Kansas University Alumni Association
  • Recipient of the "Game Changer Award: National Alumnae Advisor of the Year" by Delta Sigma Theta Inc.
Professional Associations
  • Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP), Member and 2019 Conference Co-Chair
  • KU School of Business, Dean’s Advisory Board (2014-Present)
  • KU Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity, Advisory Board Member and Chair (2016-2020)
  • Second Chance Program, Advisory Board Member and Immediate Past Board Chair
  • Cultural Competency Collective, Technical Assistance Work Group (2017-2019)