Michael J. Bush

As Chief Real Estate Officer for Giant Food, Mike Bush devised and implemented strategy for new store development and increased market share in the Mid-Atlantic, and for penetration of the Delaware Valley.

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During his tenure, Giant opened or replaced 60 stores and expanded dozens more in one of the country’s most competitive trade areas. 

He directed market research, promotions to developers and municipalities, feasibility analysis, site selection, leasing and acquisitions, entitlement, and capex approvals. He developed Giant’s first successful urban units with structured parking, and personally led successful campaigns to persuade citizen groups, elected officials, and staff to modify zoning to accommodate Giant stores.



As executive, lawyer, teacher, and community leader, Bush has over four decades of experience in commercial real estate (CRE).

In 1997 with ICSC’s support, he founded REAP – the Real Estate Associate Program – a non-profit that identifies talented minority professionals and connects them with careers in CRE, an industry with less than 2% professionals of color and less than 5% women at professional levels. Today wth ULI's support, 100’s of former architects, bankers, engineers, MBAs, lawyers and salespeople – all REAP Associates – hold management positions with leading CRE firms like JBG Smith, WalMart, JPMorgan Chase, and Amazon. Bush mentors dozens of REAP Associates on career direction and transition.



In 2011, Bush became an Adjunct Professor in the Master’s of Real Estate program at Georgetown University, teaching a class in retail development for which he conceived and wrote the syllabus. He adapted the curriculum for Urban Development when the retail sector weakened. He has also taught in the graduate real estate programs at Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland, and serves as advisor to Georgetown students completing the capstone thesis required for graduation.


His work in business, education, and community service has received wide recognition:

•           National Real Estate Investor “Ten to Watch” (2005)

•           Achievement Award – DC Building Industry Association (2007)

•           Commercial Property Executive “Diversity Executive of the Year” (Runner-Up 2010)

•           Professional Development /President’s Awards – African American Real Estate Professionals (2004/2013)

•           Conscience Award – Global Real Estate Diversity Summit (2007)

•           Isaiah Award for Social Justice – American Jewish Committee (2000)

·             Community Involvement Person – National Organization Minority Architects DC (2011)

He serves on the Advisory Board for the Academy of Business Management and Entrepreneurship (ABME) at Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington DC.

Bush began his career as a corporate lawyer and was a partner specializing in real estate, banking, and finance. He went to law school at Harvard (LL.B. 1968) and to college at Stanford (B.A. 1965), where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors in Humanities.