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Staff Spotlight: Ed Butler

Staff Spotlight: Ed Butler

At the beginning of this calendar year, NEAVS welcomed a new Development Director to our team: Ed Butler! One month in, it's safe to say we are glad to have him here! Now, onto the questions where you can learn about him too:

1. Tell us a little about yourself. (Yes, anything!)

From an early age, an appreciation for learning was instilled in me. This led me to pursue a career in teaching. After college I decided to travel and moved to Japan to teach English. There I met my future wife, a straight-talking, no-nonsense New Zealander. After living in Japan I moved to New Zealand and got my first experience working in the nonprofit world – I was hooked. That was nearly 20 years ago and ever since then, I’ve been lucky to work with great people doing important work at terrific organizations.

I grew up on the south coast of Massachusetts and currently live in central Massachusetts with my wife and my two wonderful daughters. My kids remind me every day that curiosity and acceptance without expectation are traits that should remain with us throughout our lives. 

2. Tell us about your passion for animals.  (e.g. When/how did it start? Favorite animals?/Do you have any companion animals?)

Not surprisingly, I’ve been an animal lover since I was a child. My favorite animal is the elephant. They are incredibly smart, have strong family bonds, and there is so much we don’t yet know about them. I’ve been lucky enough to see them in the wild and I hope I get the chance to do it again. For the first time in a long a time we have no animals at home. This is most likely a temporary situation. 

3. What are you most excited about in terms of your role as the new Development Director?

I’m excited to connect with people who value NEAVS and to introduce more people to our work. NEAVS has an impressive legacy and to be able to contribute to it is a tremendous opportunity.

4. Describe yourself in three words.

Evolving. Unflagging. Empathetic.

5. Is there anything else we should know about you? Fun facts?

My favorite past time has remained the same throughout my life. When I was a child my bike represented freedom. It gave me the opportunity to expand my world. Now that I’m an adult my bike still gives me freedom. The freedom to take a break from a stressful day, allow for dedicated thought to a challenging issue, or to simply enjoy a beautiful day. I’ll never get tired of riding.   

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