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Rip Rapson

President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation

Rip Rapson is president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, a private, national foundation dedicated to expanding opportunities for vulnerable people in America’s cities. Since 2006, he has expanded Kresge’s grantmaking and investing tools to improve the economic, social, cultural and environmental conditions of urban life in Detroit through six defined programs: arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development.

A veteran of urban policy and philanthropic leadership, Rapson’s experience includes public administration, private law practice and strategic foundation governance. His work has elevated many public policy issues, including early childhood development, urban revitalization, environmental preservation and arts and cultural support.