Bush School Mosbacher Institute Hosts Co-founder and CEO of Global Volunteers

January 15, 2016

  Bud Philbrook

Bud Philbrook

On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University will host Bud Philbrook, co-founder and CEO of Global Volunteers, as a part of the Institute’s 2016 Bank of America Program on Volunteerism. Philbrook’s talk will be entitled “Short-term Volunteers: An Essential Resource for Long-Term Development.” A reception before the main event will begin at 5 p.m. at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum followed by the lecture, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Philbrook is an internationally recognized nonprofit entrepreneur in public policy and engagement. In 1984, he co-founded Global Volunteers, an international human and economic development NGO in special consultative status with UNICEF and the United Nations Economic and Social Council. He managed Global Volunteers in a volunteer capacity for nearly ten years until becoming its full-time president and CEO in 1994. During his time at Global Volunteers, he initiated the concept of engaging average folks from developed countries as short-term volunteers serving communities in developing countries. Philbrook has been featured on CNN, CNN International, NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, and the Oprah Winfry Show and in China Daily, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and People Magazine.

Philbrook served in President Obama’s first administration as deputy under secretary at the United States Department of Agriculture, where he was responsible for food security and agricultural trade issues. He is a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and former assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Philbrook also concentrated in the areas of business and government law while operating a private law practice.  He has served as a human and economic development consultant to local communities in more than twenty countries, focusing on issues relating to eradicating hunger, promoting health, and enhancing cognitive ability.

The Mosbacher Institute annually produces the Bank of America Program on Volunteerism, which was created in 2000 through an endowment given by Bank of America to the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. Bank of America endowed its Program on Volunteerism in an effort to educate individuals and corporations on the importance of volunteer activities in modern society. The Mosbacher Institute maintains that through civic responsibility and community service, Americans strengthen our social fabric, our participatory form of government, and our free market economy and, furthermore, that this dedication to volunteerism has enabled our nation to grow as a society and as an international leader.

This event is offered free of charge, but reservations are strongly recommended by Monday, February 8, 2016. For more information and to register, go to

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