Frederick K. Butler

Leader – Visionary


A graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, Fred has served as a member of the board of directors of United Way of Rhode Island, a commissioner of the Rhode Island Ethics Commission and trustee of Salve Regina University. He is former Chairman of the Rhode Island Foundation, the Providence Foundation and FirstWorks. Largely due to Fred’s vision and hard work, FirstWorks was transformed from a local organization that produced an annual event to a nationally recognized non-profit that now introduces world-class artists into the community year-round through performances and statewide educational initiatives.

For nearly 30 years, Fred served as the vice president of business ethics and corporate secretary of Textron Inc. He joined Textron in 1980, as a staff attorney and served in numerous positions before assuming the vice presidency role, which he held before retiring in 2010.