John Otterlei joined the Bush Foundation on September 16th, 2008, the day after Lehman filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection setting off a 500 point drop in the Dow Jones Index and marking the beginning the Global Financial Crisis. He spent 27 years at Piper Jaffray Companies in several leadership capacities including head of mergers and acquisitions in the Investment Banking division and head of the Private Capital Group, which offered a series of alternative asset investment funds.
John played his first and final year of college hockey at Penn, while attending Wharton, before transferring to the University of Minnesota where he received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. After brief careers in actuarial science and the construction industry, he headed west to Stanford, where he received his MBA from the Graduate School of Business. He is currently a trustee of the FB Heron Foundation in New York.