Frederick K. Butler
Leader – Visionary
A native of Erie, PA, came to Rhode Island in 1980 and ever since has made an impact on the Ocean State. Fred has served on many boards and held several leadership positions throughout the state.
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.
Why is it important to you to be involved in the Papitto Opportunity Connection and improve the BIPOC communities in Rhode Island?
“I was immediately impressed with not only the critical importance of POC’s mission but also its unique philosophy geared to accelerating change through innovative funding techniques and creative partnerships.”