Chantel M. Rush is a senior program officer with The Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Program. Her grantmaking portfolio includes funding efforts to seed and scale innovative community development practices aimed at improving the lives of people with low incomes in America’s cities. Her grantmaking work supports pioneering research, thought leadership and convenings to expand urban policymaking and practice. She also stewards the foundation’s place-based work in Memphis, TN. Rush joined the foundation in 2015, working as a special assistant to the president and CEO.
Before joining Kresge, she served as senior analyst of global strategy and business development at Gap Inc. She started her career in management consulting, where her responsibilities included advising both corporate and private equity clients. A native of Orange County, CA, Rush earned bachelor’s degrees in international relations and Spanish language from Stanford University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.