Barbara Pierce Bush

Bush_Barbara_PROMOPICScripps College invites you to an evening with global health advocate and entrepreneur Barbara Pierce Bush as part of the annual Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program.

About the Speaker

Barbara Pierce Bush is a passionate – and compelling – voice in the global fight to confront some of the most prevalent health equity issues of our time. As the co-founder and chief executive officer of Global Health Corps, an organization that connects outstanding young leaders with nonprofit organizations working on the front lines to promote global health equity, Bush has fully committed her life’s work to improving access to healthcare in some of the world’s most under-served areas. Under her leadership, Global Health Corps has won widespread praise for its groundbreaking work, including being named one of the 14 most innovative worldwide social start-ups by the Echoing Green Foundation.

As an entrepreneur and champion of social justice, Bush shares optimistic stories of empowered people working to make real change in the lives of those most in need.

Before founding Global Health Corps, Bush worked in Educational Programming at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, where she supported design-thinking programs for high school students and faculty across the United States. She has worked for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Capetown, South¬†Africa, and has traveled with the UN World Food Programme, focusing on the importance of nutrition.

Bush is a member of UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of several nonprofits, including Covenant House International, Population Services International (PSI), Friends of the Global Fight for AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the UN’s Social Entrepreneurship Council. She is a Draper Richards Foundation Social Entrepreneur, a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, and a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation. Bush was named one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year in 2011 and one of Newsweek’s Women of Impact in 2013.

Bush, the elder daughter of former president George W. Bush, graduated from Yale University with a BA in humanities in 2004.