About Us


Our team is committed to building a Michigan where everyone has access to the humanities and where the humanities are inclusive to all Michiganders.

Jennifer Rupp

Jennifer Rupp

President & CEO


A longtime arts and culture nonprofit leader, Jen is passionate about creating opportunities through the public humanities that inspire Michiganders to connect and get involved in their communities.

Michelle Chrome

Michelle Chrome

Chief Financial Officer


Michelle is responsible for the accurate stewardship of the funds used for programming and grant programs.

Estee Schlenner

Estee Schlenner

Programs & Communications Coordinator


Estee advances various programming initiatives, working to connect Michiganders from diverse backgrounds in exciting new ways.

James Nelson

James Nelson

Director of Grants


James helps to connect organizations across Michigan with funding for public humanities programs such as exhibitions, presentations, workshops, and reading/discussion programs.

Ashley Ross

Ashley Ross

Director of Programs


Ashley develops, manages, and implements Michigan Humanities’ broad array of public programs.

Jennifer Brown-Seagraves

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO


Jennifer serves as office manager, assisting the team with vendor relationships, scheduling meetings and event logistics, and supports donor and partner stewardship.

Jennifer Sierra

Research & Evaluation Coordinator


Jennifer supports research and evaluation of all grants and programs, and plays a critical role in ensure initiatives are inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible.