Donna M. Butts

Executive Director, Generations United

Donna Butts is Executive Director of Generations United, a position she has held since 1997. For three decades, Generations United has been the catalyst for policies and practices stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations, evoking the vibrancy, energy and sheer productivity that result when people of all ages come together. In 2014, Butts was honored to be named to the NonProfit Times Power and Influence Top 50 for the third year in a row. In 1998 she was appointed by then DHHS Secretary Donna Shalala to serve on the National Kinship Advisory Panel. She is a respected author and speaker who serves on several boards including the International Consortium for Intergenerational Programmes, the National Human Services Assembly and the Journal on Intergenerational Relationships. She is a graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders. Butts was honored with the 2004 National Council on the Aging’s Jack Ossofsky award for leadership, creativity and innovation in programs and services for older persons and the 2014 Seabury Leadership in Aging Award. She served as an at large delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and attended the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. Butts was named one of the 2015 top 50 thought leaders in aging by Next Avenue. She has been invited by the United Nations to sit on four expert panels on intergenerational solidarity and other issues. Butts has over 35 years of experience working with non-profit organizations including Covenant House, the YWCA and National 4-H Council. Under her leadership, Generations United received the 2015 Eisner Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Intergenerational Advocacy.