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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Presidential Appointee

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cabbage
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Negril, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
To whom much is given, much is required.

Birthplace

Born:
9/26/1947
Birth Location:
Texarkana, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Presidential Appointee

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cabbage
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Negril, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
To whom much is given, much is required.

Birthplace

Born:
9/26/1947
Birth Location:
Texarkana
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Biography

Businessman and government adviser Bob Nash was born on September 26, 1947 in Texarkana, Arkansas. After graduating from Washington High School, Nash attended the University of Arkansas, earning a B.A. degree in sociology in 1969. From there, he attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., earning his master’s degree in urban studies in 1972.

While attending night school at Howard, Nash worked for the City of Washington in the Deputy Mayor’s Office as a management analyst and later as an administrative assistant in the City Manager’s Office of Fairfax, Virginia. Upon completion of his M.A. degree, Nash went to work in the National Training and Development Service, serving as an administrative officer, and remained there for two years. Nash returned to Arkansas in 1974, working first at the state's Department of Planning before being hired by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation as vice president. There, he was responsible for rural economic development and grant management. In 1983, Nash was appointed by Governor Bill Clinton to serve as the senior executive assistant for economic development, and in 1989, he was appointed president of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority. Following Clinton’s election to the presidency, Nash was once again nominated for a position in his administration, first serving in the Department of Agriculture, and in 1995, he was named assistant to the president and director of presidential personnel. Today, Nash serves as vice chairman of ShoreBank Corporation in Chicago. ShoreBank operates banks, nonprofit and for-profit organizations and provides consulting services throughout the Midwest and eighteen foreign countries.

In addition to his governmental and private sector work, Nash is active with several organizations, including serving on the board of directors of the Urban League of Little Rock, Arkansas; Mercy Housing; and the Southern Center for International Studies. He also serves as the chairman of several of ShoreBank’s nonprofit ventures, such as the Neighborhood Institute and Enterprise Detroit and Cleveland. Nash and his wife, Janis, live in Chicago. He has two children from a previous marriage.

Nash was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 7, 2003.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Bob Nash interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Bob Nash's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bob Nash shares his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bob Nash describes his childhood in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bob Nash discusses his schooling in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bob Nash talks about his college aspirations as a young man
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bob Nash explains his decision to attend Arkansas AM&N College
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bob Nash remembers his social activism while in college
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Bob Nash talks about Arkansas AM&N College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bob Nash talks about race discrimination at Texarkana College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bob Nash details his experience at Arkansas AM&N College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bob Nash discusses his work as an employment counselor after graduating college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bob Nash explains his decision to pursue a master's degree at Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bob Nash describes his internship with Mayor Walter Washington of Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bob Nash explains the start of his career in local government and politics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bob Nash details his work at the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bob Nash discusses working in Bill Clinton's gubernatorial administration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bob Nash recounts episodes from Bill Clinton's presidential campaign trail
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bob Nash describes his role in President Bill Clinton's administration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bob Nash details challenges faced by the Clinton administration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bob Nash reflects on Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bob Nash discusses President Bill Clinton's approach to issues of race
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bob Nash details his career pursuits after the Clinton administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bob Nash defines community development banks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bob Nash expresses his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bob Nash considers his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bob Nash considers running for political office
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Bob Nash reflects on his life's course