Debbie Racca-Sittre was appointed Director of the Department of Arts & Culture in January 2017. She previously served as Interim Director of the department since April 2016.
As interim director, she oversaw the department’s day-to-day operations, as well as the planning and execution of strategic initiatives related to arts and culture in San Antonio through the department’s main divisions –Marketing, Film & Music, Arts Funding Leadership, Cultural Events and Exhibits, and Public Art. In this role, Racca-Sittre has led the effort to create the Cul-TÚ-Art Cultural Plan which is a coordinated planning document that is comprised of multiple focus areas including: Film, Centro de Artes Gallery, Public Art, Arts Agency Grants, Music, Cultural Districts, Performing Arts and Individual Artists. Racca-Sittre is particularly proud of the department’s focus on Cultural Equity in all activities an actions, including the adoption of a Cultural Equity Statement for the Department and the San Antonio Arts Commission as well as implementation of equity in grantmaking and Public Art Commissions.
Racca-Sittre has over 20 years of experience with the City of San Antonio. Prior to joining the Department of Arts & Culture, she served as assistant director for the City's Public Works Department. During her time at the City, she has managed more than 800 contracts and a $1.7 billion capital budget. Racca-Sittre negotiated numerous high profile contracts including a design-build construction contract for the expansion of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center valued at $325 million. She also negotiated and managed contracts for the capital expansion of the Witte Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art and The DoSeum; the renovation of the Guadalupe Theater/Progreso building and Lerma’s building. Racca-Sittre has led the City of San Antonio 's United Way Charitable Campaign for two consecutive years, raising more than $1 million each year.
Racca-Sittre holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Science degree, and a Master of Public Administration degree all from Angelo State University. She is a native of the San Antonio area, is married and has three children.