After finishing her Fellowship in 1994-1995, Rita joined CIFOR as IUFRO Liaison Officer in 1995-1999 and worked as a Research Assistant on the Non-Timber Forest Products issue from 2000 to 2002. She holds a Master’s Degree in Rural Sociology from Bogor Agricultural University. She is currently a Coordinator for Integrated River Basin Management with TELAPAK, an advocacy NGO in Bogor, Indonesia.