Skip to content

Chantel Rush Tebbe

Managing Director

American Cities

Chantel Rush Tebbe is managing director of The Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Program. Her work advances the foundation’s efforts to catalyze effective community and economic development practices that expand opportunities for people with low incomes in American cities.

Chantel joined Kresge in 2015 as a Fellow in the Executive Office before taking on progressive responsibility within the American Cities Program.

Since joining the foundation, she has executed and now leads Kresge’s efforts to partner deeply with communities and support comprehensive place-based work in Memphis, New Orleans, Fresno and a number of other cities throughout the country.  Her work supports on-the-ground efforts, exchange of ideas across cities, initiatives seeking to advance community-driven place-based practice, national community development intermediaries, and research aimed at promoting effective urban practice and policy.

Chantel holds a master’s degree in general management from Harvard Business School.  She earned bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Spanish Language from Stanford University, where her studies focused on the interplay between politics and the economy.

She brings to the social sector a background in business strategy and implementation.  Prior to Kresge, Chantel served as senior analyst of global strategy and business development at Gap Inc. She started her career in management consulting at Kurt Salmon Associates (now part of Accenture Strategy) where her responsibilities included advising businesses on how to grow and better serve their customers.

Chantel serves on the boards of the National Housing Law Project, Living Cities and Equal Measure.

Areas of Specialty

American Cities

Inclusive recovery and growth

Media Mentions

Safely Reopening America Requires Reinvesting in Public Spaces

Civic assets

Growing segregation not only limits economic mobility and exacerbates inequities between neighborhoods, but also reduces interactions with people of different races and incomes at a time when a shared sense of purpose is key to our nation’s recovery.