Duchesne joined the Foundation in March of 2015. As the community network vice president, he oversees and integrates the work of the communications, community innovation and leadership programs teams. A key part of Duchesne’s role is building partnerships with related organizations and leaders as well as helping to link and grow formal and informal networks across the region. His teams’ key programs include: The Bush Fellowship Program, Ecosystem Grants, Community Innovation Grants, The Bush Prize for Community Innovation and bushCONNECT.
A veteran reporter, editor and manager who worked at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Dallas Morning News, Duchesne loves being able to apply the skills, insights and community connections he developed as a journalist to philanthropy. Duchesne serves on a number of boards including ThreeSixty Journalism, which works to diversify the field of journalism through helping teens tell their stories. Over the years he’s coached his son’s basketball and Little League Baseball teams and he’s been known to organize karaoke competitions just so he can be the center of attention build community.
Duchesne earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and two children.