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Arch Grants names Emily Lohse-Busch new executive director

Courtesy of Arch Grants

Emily Lohse-Busch on Monday was named the new executive director of Arch Grants, a nonprofit organization that works to boost the St. Louis economy through a competitive grant competition for startups.

She fills a vacancy created by the departure of Ginger Imster, who left Arch Grants earlier this year for a job at the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

Lohse-Busch previously worked as the senior director of partner solutions with Global Impact, a Washington-based nonprofit focused on supporting global philanthropy, according to an Arch Grants news release. She also founded a Chicago-based strategic communications company for small businesses.

Lohse-Busch earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.B.A. from DePaul University.

Since its founding in 2012, Arch Grants has given more than $5.2 million in cash grants and other support services to 96 startups, according to the news release. The companies have generated $48 million in revenue and attracted more than $100 million in follow-on capital.

“Emily demonstrates what is core to the mission of Arch Grants —attracting and retaining national talent in St. Louis — plus she is a founder herself,” Jerry Schlichter, chairman of Arch Grants, said in the release. “Emily’s nonprofit fundraising and leadership experience will ensure that Arch Grants has the direction and resources to continue the transformation of St. Louis into an innovation hub.”

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