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Founder - Michael J. Bush

Michael J. Bush
Michael J. Bush, ESQ
Founder and Senior Mentor

In 1997, as Vice President of Real Estate for Giant Food, a mid-Atlantic supermarket chain, Mr. Bush forged REAP as a partnership among Giant, the American Jewish Committee, and the Greater Washington Urban League, to open professional opportunities in commercial real estate for minorities. He retired from Giant Food in 2000 to direct REAP, which produces the program in Washington, Atlanta, and New York City, in partnership with the Business Schools at Howard University and Clark Atlanta University, with the support of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), and many others.

His background as a lawyer, executive, teacher, and community leader, provided him with the perspective and relationships necessary to establish a market-driven program that has credibility with key constituencies—industry and minority professionals—and to enlist the large number of industry volunteers necessary to execute a project of this scope. During his 21 years at Giant Food, Mr. Bush served as Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Development, George Washington University School of Business, and as guest lecturer at academic and industry forums. He has served on the Corporate Real Estate Career Panel at Harvard Business School's Naylor Fitzhugh Conference, sponsored by the African American Student Union. He is a member of ICSC, ULI, DC Building Industry Association (DCBIA), Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP), African American Real Estate Professionals of New York(AAREPNY), and serves on the Advisory Board of the African American Network Group at CB Richard Ellis.

He was the first recipient of AAREP's Professional Development Award, received the first Conscience Award from the Global Real Estate Diversity Summit, and received the Founder's Award from REAP's Atlanta alumni. He received the Isaiah Award for Social Justice from the American Jewish Committee (Washington Chapter) and was a participant in its Black-Jewish Dialogue. He was Chairman of the United Way Campaign at Giant, volunteer ombudsman and visitor at The Washington Home, and volunteer ward visitor at Washington Children's Hospital. Mr. Bush received his B.A. from Stanford University and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School. Prior to joining Giant Food in 1979, he was a partner in an Arizona law firm, specializing in real estate, corporate and banking law.


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