Office of the Director

Overseen by the director, the department’s administration is comprised of many units and supports sections including general counsel, financial systems, budget and planning, legislative affairs, marketing/communications, and human resources. These units support the department’s agencies and its overall mission to grow the state of Missouri.

Rob Dixon is the Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. 

Before becoming director, Rob served as the President/CEO of the Missouri Community College Association. MCCA is a membership organization for Missouri’s community colleges, providing government advocacy, networking, and education resources for its members. It is the largest higher education association in the state, with approximately 2,000 members.

Rob also served in a variety of roles at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. His overall responsibilities included leadership and management of staff and programs in economic and workforce development, public affairs, local government policy, communications, community development, and strategic planning.  Rob Dixon also served as the Executive Director of the Hollister Area of Chamber of Commerce.

Rob joined the U.S. Marine Corps after high school, where he served as an intelligence analyst in Afghanistan and Pakistan immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was recognized for leadership and performance as a U.S. Marine. Rob received an honorable discharge as a sergeant after five years in the Marine Corps.

Rob has a Master of Public Administration degree from Missouri State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and an Associate of Arts in Political Science from St. Charles Community College. 

Rob is a native Missourian. He is married to Melanie Dixon, and they have one son, Eddie.

Follow Rob on Twitter @DixonRob

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