Meet September Hargrove
The former foster youth advocate turned executive returning to Women United Luncheon


September smiling in her headshotSeptember Hargrove is a Vice President and Program Officer for Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co., responsible for leading the firm’s $150 million commitment to Detroit across the firm’s priority areas: neighborhood revitalization, small business, financial capability, and workforce development.

September joined JPMorgan Chase’s AdvancingCities team at the end of 2017, supporting the firm’s investment in Detroit and other cities. Prior to that, she was a White House Fellow with the National Economic Council and a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Obama Administration; the Chief Operating Officer for the New Orleans Startup Fund; and an economic development program manager for former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. September began her career as a California Senate Fellow and gubernatorial appointee under former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. September speaking at podium during the 2008 Luncheon

Growing up in poverty, September has had to overcome great hardships. As a youth, September was separated from her five younger brothers and put into the foster care system. This experience would become the motivation for September’s life work to create greater access to economic opportunity for underserved communities. 

After graduating from college, September returned to her hometown of Sacramento, CA and took on leadership and volunteers roles with the United Way California Capital Region and the Sacramento chapter of the California Youth Connection, a youth-led advocacy organization working to transform the foster care system. 

September speaking in front of crowd during 2008 lunchonA proud graduate of Grant Union High school, September received her Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

September resides in Detroit with her husband, John Roussel. 

We are excited to have September return home to speak to us once again about the work she is doing and the importance of early assistance to our foster youth.  Want to learn more? Join us for the 17th Women United Luncheon on March 21