Holly Kuzmich

Holly Kuzmich

Senior Advisor
George W. Bush Institute

Holly Kuzmich serves as Managing Director at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute. In that role, she oversaw the strategy and management of the Bush Institute, an action-oriented policy organization that works to create opportunity, strengthen our democracy, and advance free societies. She also oversaw the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a unique leadership development program in collaboration with the Clinton Foundation, George H.W. Bush Foundation, and Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation.

Holly has over 20 years of public policy experience, serving in senior positions in the government, private, and non-profit sectors. She is a veteran of the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and Capitol Hill, where she developed her expertise in education policy. She served in President Bush’s Administration for seven years, first on the staff of the White House Domestic Policy Council and then as Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to that, she worked for two United States Senators on domestic policy issues.  She has also consulted on education and workforce issues with major foundations, companies, non-profits, and policymakers.

Holly served as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School in the fall of 2021. She serves on the boards of the Gates Policy Initiative and the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. She is a Pahara-Aspen Institute Fellow, an alumnus of the Texas Lyceum, a member of the Ascend Fund’s Leadership Circle, and a senior advisor for Concordia. She received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

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Read the article Looking to the Future: Bold Ideas from Bold Leaders.
Oct 5, 2022

Looking to the Future: Bold Ideas from Bold Leaders

Hosted by: Holly Kuzmich

The Bush Center welcomed Dr. Deborah Birx, the former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and former White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator and former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as part of the Engage at the Bush Center series, presented by NexPoint.  

Read the article Opening the Door of Opportunity.
Apr 22, 2022

Opening the Door of Opportunity

Hosted by: Holly Kuzmich, Ken Hersh

Kenneth Hersh, President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center shares opening remarks at the 2022 Forum on Leadership, highlighting leadership domestic and abroad. In a conversation, Mitch Daniels, President of Purdue University, discusses  the changes need to be made to ensure opportunity for all students and How institutions, including higher education,  can better serve the public.

Read the article Immigration Insights -- Sec. Carlos Gutierrez.
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Aug 25, 2021

Immigration Insights -- Sec. Carlos Gutierrez

Hosted by: Holly Kuzmich

Holly Kuzmich, George W. Bush Institute Executive Director, sat down with Carlos Gutierrez, former Secretary of Commerce, to discuss the impact immigrants have on the United States.

Read the article The Spirit of Liberty -- President George W. Bush.
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Aug 25, 2021

The Spirit of Liberty -- President George W. Bush

Hosted by: Holly Kuzmich

In 2017, President George W. Bush delivered a powerful speech at the Bush Institute's Spirit of Liberty event in New York. He discussed the importance of the United States' role in the world, and stressed that we should not become an isolationist, nationalist, or protectionist Nation. 

Read the article Mario Lopez on Modernizing Our Immigration System.
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Aug 12, 2021

Mario Lopez on Modernizing Our Immigration System

Featuring: Holly Kuzmich
In a recent conversation on immigration, Bush Institute Executive Director Holly Kuzmich sat down with Mario Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, to discuss the need to modernize our immigration system, the volume of misinformation around the issue of immigration, and more.