Margot Gillette has been BASEC’s Executive Director since October 2013. She lives in her hometown of Redfield, SD with her husband and one high school-aged son. Her daughter is newly married and she is the proud grandmother of one feisty redheaded grandson. Margot graduated from the University of South Dakota with majors in English and History and a minor in Political Science. She attended law school at the University of Colorado where she attained her Juris Doctorate.
Margot’s background is in law, title insurance, teaching and economic development. She is licensed to practice law in South Dakota and Colorado. Margot is also a licensed abstracter, a certified Social Studies teacher and a Certified Economic Development Professional. Margot is a member of the First Congregational Church in Redfield, the South Dakota State Bar, Literary Guild, and Questers.
Margot returned from the big city to her hometown in 1996. She has never regretted the move! For Margot, living rural means being close to family and being able to make a difference. She loves working with individuals and communities on economic and community development projects that will have lasting impact. Rural economic and community development takes on many forms and Margot loves the challenge and the resiliency of the people and communities she serves.

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