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One Mic Stand: Esther Bush, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

Interview by Audrey Russo

One Mic Stand

Leading the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh for 27 years, Esther Bush is one of Pittsburgh’s most recognizable leaders in the effort to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights for African Americans.

As the President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Bush has established herself as a voice of reason, a coalition builder and a force for positive change not just in the Pittsburgh community, but across the nation.

Bush has transformed the region as an advocate of social and economic equality. Under her leadership, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh has become a top performing affiliate, and she has been instrumental in the development of many programs to benefit African American youth, including the ULPGH Charter School, the African American Achievement Trust and the Black Male Leadership Development Institute.

Bush announced her retirement from the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh this spring, and we wanted to learn more about Bush and her journey to make Pittsburgh a better place for everyone. Who better to interview Bush than Pittsburgh Technology Council President and CEO Audrey Russo? Serving as Secretary on the Urban League’s Board of Directors, Russo is passionate to create a thriving tech ecosystem that is underpinned by creating opportunity for everyone looking to participate.

And don’t worry, Bush might be retiring, but she is definitely not going away!