Kimberlin Butler is a cross-sector bridge-builder with nearly 20 years of experience in public education, public affairs, and philanthropy. Ms. Butler amplifies lessons learned, helps advance evidence-informed grantmaking, and catalyzes collaboration across the field of philanthropy. She partners with philanthropy to center racial equity in investments and founded Mathematica’s Equity Community of Practice.
Previously, Ms. Butler served as Director of Strategic Partnerships at StriveTogether where she managed the Accelerator Fund, which invested $15 million in underserved communities. An advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education on philanthropic alignment, Ms. Butler launched federal place-based collective impact initiatives for the Obama Administration as part of the White House Community Solutions Team engaging urban, rural and tribal communities. She also led three national funder networks at Grantmakers for Education.
Ms. Butler started a career in philanthropy designing a place-based investment framework to support education, health and human services grantmaking programs at The Zeist Foundation in Atlanta. She served as a teacher (TFA) in Atlanta Public Schools and advisor to Georgia’s State Superintendent of Schools. Ms. Butler holds an MPA from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and currently studies educational and organizational leadership as a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania.