Jen has been President of the Bush Foundation since September 2012. The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and 23 Native Nations. The Foundation was established in 1953 by Archibald Bush, a 3M executive who played a key role in growing 3M into one of the world’s leading companies.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Jen served as chief of staff and vice president of strategy for St. Paul and Minnesota Foundations, where she led the creation of GiveMN.org, Give to the Max Day, and the Minnesota Idea Open. Jen was also a consultant with McKinsey and Company for nine years and was the first director of the Itasca Project, a CEO-led regional civic initiative in the Twin Cities.
Her current community service includes board and committee work with Region’s Hospital, GHR Foundation, the Truman Foundation and Independent Sector. She is also a member of the Itasca Project, Minnesota Women's Economic Roundtable and the US Global Leadership Coalition Minnesota Advisory Committee.
Jen has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. She has been honored as a “40 Under 40” leader by the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Business Journal, as one of the “100 Minnesotans You Should Know” by Twin Cities Business Magazine, and as a NextGen Fellow by Independent Sector.
Notes from Jen
- MARCH 19, 2019 | Queer eye for leadership
- FEBRUARY 11, 2019 | Doing more good
- NOVEMBER 13, 2018 | Venturing out from our bases
- OCTOBER 25, 2018 | bushCONNECT + How change happens (Video)
- SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 | Philanthropy that's better for everyone
- AUGUST 7, 2018 | Working backward from impact
- JULY 11, 2018 | The Opportunity in Native-focused philanthropy
- JUNE 18, 2018 | Sharing progress and spreading optimism
- MARCH 20, 2018 | Leadership development on $0 a day
- FEBRUARY 27, 2018 | Leadership in context
- FEBRUARY 13, 2018 | Embracing the not-simple in all of us