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Rip Rapson

President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation

Rip-Rapson-2014-editRip Rapson is president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, a $3.5 billion private, national foundation dedicated to expanding opportunities for vulnerable people living in America’s cities. Since his appointment in 2006, Rapson has led the Foundation to adopt an array of grantmaking and investing tools to improve the economic, social, cultural and environmental conditions in the city of Detroit through six defined programs: arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development.

Nationally, Rapson has strengthened the philanthropic sector’s role through convening, collaborating and supplementing community development activities in cities around the country. During Detroit’s bankruptcy, Rapson and the Foundation provided critical support to the Grand Bargain to protect city pensioners and the Detroit Institute of Arts. A 40-year veteran of urban policy and philanthropic leadership, Rapson previously served as deputy mayor of Minneapolis from 1989 to 1993 and was the primary architect of the city’s Neighborhood Revitalization program.