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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Financial Executive
Federal Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
To Thine Own Self Be True.

Birthplace

Born:
4/9/1948
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Financial Executive
Federal Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
To Thine Own Self Be True.

Birthplace

Born:
4/9/1948
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Financial executive and federal government official Mary K. Bush was born in 1948 in Birmingham, Alabama to Augusta and Johnny Bush. She graduated from Ullman High School in 1965 and received her B.A. degree, Phi Beta Kappa Magna Cum Laude, in economics and political science from Fisk University in 1969. Bush went on to receive her M.B.A. degree in finance in 1971 from the University of Chicago.

In 1971, she joined Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City as a credit analyst. From 1973 to 1976, Bush worked as an account officer for Citbank, and from 1976 to 1982, she worked as vice president and team leader for Bankers Trust Company. In 1982, she held the position of executive assistant to the deputy secretary for the United States Treasury. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan appointed Bush as United States alternate executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Four years later, Bush became vice president of international finance for the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae). In 1989, she served as managing director of the Federal Housing Finance Board for the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Bush founded her own global consulting firm, Bush International, LLC, in 1991. From 1994 to 1997, Bush hosted "Markets and Technology," a nationwide cable television program on global business and government policy. In 2006, she was appointed by President George W. Bush as chairman of the Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People around the Globe Commission (HELP). Bush is a frequent television commentator and speaker on global business and financial matters and corporate governance. She has also advised the foreign governments of Bulgaria, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Singapore.

Bush has applied her financial and economic expertise on the board of directors of many companies including Discover Financial Services, The Pioneer Family of Mutual Funds, Mantech International Corporation and Marriott International. Bush also serves on the Investment Company Institute Board of Governors and on the boards of the Independent Directors Council and Capital Partners for Education. She also serves on the advisory boards of Stern Stewart International, the Global Leadership Foundation (US Advisory Board) and the Kennedy Center Community and Friends Advisory Board.

Mary K. Bush was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 7, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Mary Bush's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Mary Bush lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Mary Bush describes her maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Mary Bush talks about her mother's education and occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Mary Bush describes her father's occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Mary Bush describes her paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Mary Bush lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Mary Bush remembers her father's work ethic
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Mary Bush talks about her father's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Mary Bush describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Mary Bush describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Mary Bush remembers walking to elementary school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Mary Bush talks about Center Street Elementary School in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Mary Bush recalls her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Mary Bush remembers the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Mary Bush recalls entering Samuel Ullman High School in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Mary Bush remembers her neighbors in Birmingham, Alabama, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Mary Bush remembers her neighbors in Birmingham, Alabama, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Mary Bush reflects upon her experiences at Samuel Ullman High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Mary Bush recalls her decision to attend Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Mary Bush remembers the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Mary Bush talks about the bombings during the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Mary Bush talks about her decision to attend school in the South
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Mary Bush recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Mary Bush describes the history of Fisk University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Mary Bush talks about her experiences at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Mary Bush recalls her decision to attend the University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Mary Bush recalls her first impressions of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Mary Bush remembers her classmates at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Mary Bush recalls her training at Chase Manhattan Bank
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Mary Bush recalls her position at the First National City Bank
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Mary Bush recalls becoming a vice president of Bankers Trust
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Mary Bush talks about her work at Bankers Trust
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Mary Bush remembers being recruited to the U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Mary Bush describes her role at the U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Mary Bush talks about economic policy under President Ronald Reagan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Mary Bush recalls her appointment to the International Monetary Fund
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Mary Bush remembers designing the Structural Adjustment Facility
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Mary Bush remembers her work at the Federal National Mortgage Association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Mary Bush describes her role on the Federal Housing Finance Board
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Mary Bush talks about her experiences as an African American woman in the federal government
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Mary Bush talks about her friendship with Condoleezza Rice
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Mary Bush remembers becoming an independent consultant
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Mary Bush recalls her start as a corporate board member
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Mary Bush reflects upon her corporate board memberships
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Mary Bush describes her corporate board memberships
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Mary Bush talks about her speeches on corporate governance
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Mary Bush describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Mary Bush shares her plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Mary Bush reflects upon her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Mary Bush narrates her photographs