Rip Rapson

President & Chief Executive Officer at The Kresge Foundation

Rip Rapson

Rip Rapson

President & Chief Executive Officer at The Kresge Foundation

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McKnight Foundation
The Kresge Foundation

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Former Chief Executive Officer at M-1 Rail

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Henry Ford Health System, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer at The Downtown Detroit Partnership

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Detroit Economic Growth Association

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Vice President & Chief Investment Officer at The Kresge Foundation

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President & Chief Executive Officer at MetLife Foundation

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Former Executive Vice President-Customer Development at Unum Group

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Chair of the Board & Chief Executive Officer at Penske Automotive Group, Inc.

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Former Economist for Latin America, Women in Development Office at The United States Agency for International Development

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Senior Executive Vice President, Private Client Group & Regional Banking Director & Chairman of Michigan at Huntington Bancshares, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at The Kresge Foundation
Bachelor's Degree

Pomona College offers curriculum in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. It was founded in 1887 and it is headquartered in Claremont, CA

Juris Doctorate

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

2017 - Current

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The Academy’s elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs. With a current membership of 4,000 American Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members, the Academy has four major goals: Promoting service and study through analysis of critical social and intellectual issues and the development of practical policy alternatives; Fostering public engagement and the exchange of ideas with meetings, conferences, and symposia bringing diverse perspectives to the examination of issues of common concern; Mentoring a new generation of scholars and thinkers through the Visiting Scholars Program and Hellman Fellowship Program; Honoring excellence by electing to membership men and women in a broad range of disciplines and professions. Click here to learn about our new members. The Academy's headquarters are in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With its geographically diverse membership, it conducts activities in this country and abroad

Career History
President & Chief Executive Officer
2006 - Current

The Kresge Foundation are a private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development in Detroit.

1999 - 2005

The McKnight Foundation operates as a philanthropic organization. Its services include grantmaking, coalition-building and encouragement of strategic policy reforms. The company was founded by William L. McKnight and Maude L. McKnight in 1953 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN

1981 - 1989

Leonard, Street and Deinard's clients range from individuals and start-up businesses to Fortune 500 companies. The firm's more than 200 attorneys serve every sector of the economy -- construction, commercial, service, financial, health care, energy, real estate, manufacturing and industrial -- and a number of its long-time clients have grown from small, privately held enterprises to major national and international public companies.

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$1,000 - $4,999

Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Inc. operates as an organization to develop public access. The company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Detroit, MI.


The Detroit Institute of Arts provides art conservation services to the museums. The museum includes more than 100 galleries, 150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory. The company was founded in 1885 and is headquartered in Detroit, MI.

$100 - $999
Awards & Honors
NonProfit Times - Power and Influence Top 50
Detroit News - Michiganian of the Year
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