Duchesne Drew is the Community Network vice president at the Bush Foundation. He oversees and integrates the work of the Foundation’s Communications, Community Innovation and Leadership Programs teams. A key part of Duchesne’s role is community engagement. He builds partnerships with related organizations and leaders, and he helps to link and grow formal and informal networks across the region.
A veteran newspaper reporter, editor and manager, Duchesne previously worked at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Dallas Morning News. He loves being able to apply the skills, insights and community connections he developed as a journalist to philanthropy. In addition to serving on the board of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Duchesne is a member of the Itasca Project’s working team and he’s a steering committee member of Greater MSP’s “BE MSP” Initiative, which is focused on retaining professionals of color within the Twin Cities Region. Duchesne’s other board commitments include the African American Leadership Forum, the Monitors Club, the Leadership Learning Community, the Columbia Daily Spectator and the advisory board of Ujamaa Place.
He lives in St. Paul with his wife and two children.