Hank Rush is the President and CEO of Star of Hope Mission and has served in this role since
2008. Under his leadership Star of Hope has grown in its capacity to serve Houston’s homeless
and near homeless population through its Vision 2020 plan.
As president of Houston’s 115-year old and largest mission for the city’s homeless population,
Mr. Rush recently oversaw a $54 million capital campaign, the city’s largest ever campaign for a
human services organization, to build Star of Hope’s Cornerstone Community® transformational
campus. Cornerstone Community® is home to Star of Hope’s Women and Family Development
Center which provides homeless women and families with both emergency help and longer-term
recovery and educational programs in one location just as it does at its Men’s Development
In 2012 Star of Hope launched its Extended Services program to provide continued support for
individuals and families who have gone through Star of Hope programs and have achieved
independent living. In addition, it provides outreach services for individuals and families in the
community who are near homeless.
Prior to joining Star of Hope Mission, Mr. Rush served in senior executive roles in three Fortune
500 companies and built two start-up organizations in his 30+ year career, all in Houston, Texas.
His service was focused in energy, technology, and real estate. He has served as CEO or
Chairman of the Board of three organizations over a 20-year span, ranging from information
technology development and outsourcing, to construction, to real estate information services.
In 2020 the Houston Business Journal named Mr. Rush as one of Houston’s Most Admired CEO
Mr. Rush earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana Tech University and participated
in Executive Development Programs at Harvard University, Pennsylvania State University and
Mr. Rush and his wife Elisabeth have two children, a daughter age 26 and a son age 22, and they
are members of Houston’s Second Baptist Church.