Omari Rush has aligned his interests in creating opportunities for communities and individuals to have rich learning and arts experiences through his work as Education Manager for UMS, a position he has held since 2005. Outside the office, Omari regularly designs engaging events for peers, such as the "shur! Live, Work, and Play Better" series. Additionally, he has served in an advisory role for numerous organizations of varying cultural and geographic scopes: as a governor-appointed Council member for the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, as a member of the Kennedy Center Partners in Education National Advisory Committee, and as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation. Omari earned degrees in music from the University of Michigan and Florida State University, and while his concert performances as a clarinetist are now infrequent, Omari fills his downtime with running (short distances), playing poker and fantasy football (badly), reading (especially American Revolution literature), and eating kimchi (lots).