Barbara Bush is CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, an organization building a global movement for health equity. Since 2009, Global Health Corps has placed 216 fellows from 12 countries in positions with health organizations, such as Partners In Health and the Clinton Health Access Initiative, in Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia, and the United States. Before launching GHC, Bush worked in educational programming at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, where she supported design programs for high school students and faculty across the United States. She has worked for Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Capetown, South Africa, and she interned for UNICEF in Botswana. Bush has traveled with the United Nations’ World Food Programme, focusing on the importance of nutrition in antiretroviral treatment.
Bush is a member of UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee, and is on the board of directors of Covenant House International, PSI, and Friends of the Global Fight for AIDS, TB, and Malaria. She is a Draper Richards Foundation Social Entrepreneur and a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation, which selected Global Health Corps as one of the 14 most innovative social start-ups worldwide out of 1,500 applicants. Bush graduated from Yale University with a degree in humanities in 2004.
Bush is the daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.