Kathryn and Kenneth Chenault - Honorees - The Gordon Parks Foundation

Kathryn C. Chenault has devoted many years to supporting the arts, educational and health care institutions. She currently serves on several Board of Directors, including The Hospital for Special Surgery, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Pratt Institute, among others.

Her tireless commitment to the welfare of young people is often demonstrated through her support of numerous scholarship funds and her development of mentoring programs with diverse educational institutions. Kathryn and her husband Kenneth also have an active role in supporting The Harlem Children’s Zone, a non-profit, community-based educational organization.

Most recently, Kathryn was invited by the First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray to serve on the Gracie Mansion Conservancy Board of Advisors. She is also honored to serve as a member of the Design Advisory Team for the Obama Presidential Center.

Kathryn holds a JD from NYU School of Law and a BA in political science from Tufts University. She and her husband live in New York with their two sons.



Kenneth I. Chenault has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express Company since 2001. He joined the company in 1981 as Director of Strategic Planning and served subsequently in a number of increasingly senior positions, including Vice Chairman and President and Chief Operating Officer, until his appointment as CEO.

Mr. Chenault serves on the Boards of IBM, The Proctor & Gamble Company, The Harvard Corporation and numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, the Smithsonian Institution’s Advisory Council for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, and the Bloomberg Family Foundation. He is also is a member of the Business Council and serves on the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable as well as the Partnership for New York.

Mr. Chenault holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in history from Bowdoin College. He has also received honorary degrees from several universities and awards from a wide variety of civic, social service and community organizations.