Born in 1958 in East St. Louis, Illinois, Ambassador Dwight L. Bush, Sr. was the fourth of five children raised by Charlie and Jessie Bush, who “committed their entire lives to only one mission: to make sure that their children could fully participate in the American Dream,” according to Bush at his Senate confirmation hearing. Describing East St. Louis as “a town of rich history whose boom and bust cycles reflect both the hope and tragedy of industrial America,” Bush pronounced himself “fortunate to have grown up with the working class families, the great teachers, and the mentors that helped me along the way.”
After earning a B.A. in Government at Cornell University in 1979, Ambassador Bush joined Chase Manhattan Bank, where he enjoyed a 15-year career that included international corporate banking assignments in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East, and corporate finance and project finance in New York and Washington, D.C.
After 15 years at Chase, Ambassador Bush had risen to managing director in the Project Finance Group when he resigned and joined Sallie Mae Corporation, serving as vice president of corporate development from 1994 to 1997.
From 1998 to 2006, Ambassador Bush worked as a principal at Stuart Mill Capital, LLC; vice president and chief financial officer at SatoTravel Holdings, Inc.; and vice chairman at Enhanced Capital Partners, LLC.
Ambassador Bush was president and CEO of Urban Trust Bank, Urban Trust Holdings and president of UTB Education Finance, LLC from 2006 through 2008. He also has worked as vice chairman of EntreMed, Inc.since 2010 and as a director since 2004. Ambassador Bush is the president of D. L. Bush & Associates, a Washington, DC-based financial advisory and business consulting firm.