James S. Rosebush: Hachette Speakers Bureau

James S. Rosebush

Corporate Philanthropy Expert and Former Advisor to President Ronald Reagan

James Rosebush is a widely recognized leader in building and managing corporate, wealth management, family office, and philanthropic organizations. He is often invited to speak before audiences on topics related to his experience in private industry and government. For over twenty years he has been CEO of an international consulting firm, GrowthStrategy, Inc. advising on management strategies, finance, marketing, and communications, throughout the world. He pioneered a holistic approach to organizational consulting which has resulted in measurable growth in earnings or assets under management. GrowthStrategy clients have included major international companies and startups including JPMorgan, Mercedes-Benz, Tudor Investments, Bankers Trust, Bessemer Trust, McDonald’s, Sapient, Cannon, Coca-Cola, The Carlyle Group, Stargazer Fund, GlobalBond Fund, Columbia Capital, Cisco Systems, Calibre, Northgate Capital, and over 300 others. He reflects on this leadership in his weekly column on BusinessInsider.com appearing every Tuesday.

At the request of President Bush, he created and was the first CEO of the Challenger Memorial Foundation, which now has forty-six space science education centers around the world. He has served as the president of the Fairfax County Education Foundation, Chief Executive of The Howe School—a leadership academy, as founder and CEO of The Technology Transforming Education Compact, and past President of the Urban Monuments Foundation. He has served on the Board of and was finance committee chair for The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, where he originated the Duncan Phillips Collectors Medal awarded to Leonard Lauder and David Rockefeller among other leaders in philanthropy and the arts. He was awarded a 1999 “Telly” for his documentary "Hands on the Wall” a Discovery Channel program on Thomas Jefferson’s building of Monticello.

In The White House Mr. Rosebush was President Reagan’s “point man” on philanthropy and public-private partnerships. As a commissioned senior advisor at The White House, he managed the President’s favorite domestic program called, PRIVATE SECTOR INITIATIVES, designed to engender private sector solutions for public problems, a precursor of social impact investing.

Mr. Rosebush was also the longest-serving Chief of Staff to the First Lady. In this role, he was one of a small group of top aides to President Reagan and served as a member of the President’s historic Theme For The Day communications team. He managed all the official activities of the First Lady including press and media, scheduling, projects and policy (including the anti-drug campaign), as well as the official functions held in The White House. During his tenure Nancy Reagan’s public approval rating increased to an all-time high. He managed worldwide State Visits for the Reagans, traveled with them, and negotiated with host country government leaders including China, Japan, Korea, France, England, and Germany. He negotiated with Russian officials for the historic bi-lateral meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev.

Mr. Rosebush has also had significant management experience in philanthropy. He was director of corporate contributions for The Standard Oil Company, founding vice president for the National Chamber Foundation, and held management positions with the New England Association of Grantmakers and the CS Mott Foundation. He has published on the topic of strategic philanthropy, given many speeches and hosted conferences on the subject as well. The titles of two recent speeches were: “I’ve Made it—Now How do I Give it Away?” designed for new philanthropists, and “Using the Power of Wealth for Good.” He recently crafted a web-based Philanthropy Toolbox for a leading asset management firm.

He has an MA degree in Public Affairs from Boston University and a BA in Business from The Principia College. He has lectured and taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown and George Washington Universities on corporate public issues and the history of philanthropy. His first book, First Lady Public Wife, was lauded as the first book that assessed the non-elected job of First Lady. He has authored numerous articles, has appeared before many television, radio, and other audiences. He was appointed by the President to become US Ambassador to UNESCO, and as a member of the National Museum Services Board, the grantmaking arm of the government to museums. He was invited to tour and lecture in Austria as a goodwill ambassador at the guest of the Austrian government. He was cited as an “Outstanding Young Man in America,” received the Rotary International Award for studies in Russia, and has been listed in Who’s Who since 1976. He was appointed a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Princeton University, elected at-large to the Republican Committee of the District of Columbia, and has served as the chairman of the board of his church, on the art advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Board, on the development committee for the national youth organization, Adventure Unlimited. He is Chairman, Proactive School, Inc. and has served on the Board of the Cleveland Music School Settlement and outreach committee of the Cleveland Orchestra and the grant selection committee of United Way. His new book, True Reagan: What Made Ronald Reagan Great and Why It Matters will be published by Center Street in April 2016.

A native of Flint, Michigan, Mr. Rosebush resides in Washington, DC area with his wife of forty years, the former Nancy Paull. They have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.

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