Matrice Ellis-Kirk, Chair, Board of Directors


Matrice Ellis-Kirk is chair of the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Board of Directors. Matrice has been a Director since the Board’s inception in 2000, and became its fourth chair in 2015.

Having a passion for effective board governance and diversity, Matrice is the Managing Director of RSR Partners in Dallas and a senior member of the firm’s Board of Directors Practice.

Prior to joining RSR Partners, Matrice worked for more than 18 years with two global recruiting firms, Heidrick & Struggles and Spencer Stuart. There she led board assignments for non-executive directors for public and privately held companies. She also conducted senior level search assignments for business-to-consumer companies across multiple functions. In addition, while at Heidrick, she was managing partner leading Diversity Advisory Services and the Global Knowledge Management organization; and as a member of the management committee, in a North America corporate role leading the Client Service Organization where she streamlined internal processes.

Prior to a career in search, Matrice spent several years leading the Dallas office as vice president and office manager of Apex Securities, a Texas-based investment banking firm. Previously, she worked as director of the Office of Management and Budget with Dallas Area Rapid Transit and earlier with MBank Dallas in several banking roles.

In addition to being an arts advocate, Matrice is active within the business and civic communities, serving on a number of other boards, including the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and North Texas Tollway Authority. She has served on the University of Pennsylvania Board of Visitors, as a non-executive director of public company boards and also as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Women’s Empowerment.

Matrice holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Ron, have two children, Elizabeth and Catherine.