John K. Butler elected to Mott Foundation board of trustees

John K. Butler headshot.
Photo: Courtesy of John K. Butler

FLINT, Michigan — John K. Butler has been elected to the board of trustees of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, effective Jan. 1, 2024.

A great-grandson of the institution’s founder, C.S. Mott, Butler will be the fifth family member currently serving on the board, which totals 14 active members and three trustees emeriti. Butler has served on the Foundation’s investment committee since 2014.

“Our family has a long history of philanthropy, and the Mott Foundation has done incredible work over nearly a century,” said Butler. “I’m very honored to be in a position to help continue that work.”

Butler’s more than 30 years of professional experience in the investment sector have included leadership roles at Mairs and Power Inc. in St. Paul, Minnesota, and other investment and asset management firms in Minneapolis.

He currently serves as chief investment officer and a trustee of the Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation, based in St. Paul. He also serves on the investment committee of the Ruth Mott Foundation, located in Flint, and is a board member of Wilderness Inquiry, a nonprofit organization in St. Paul that seeks to expand equitable access to outdoor recreational activities in North America and around the world. He has previously served on the boards of the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the Minnesota Council on Foundations.

Butler holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Washington and Lee University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.

“John Butler brings a lifetime of knowledge around investing, business and philanthropic service to Mott’s board of trustees,” said Ridgway White, who chairs the board and serves as president and CEO of the Foundation. “We’re grateful for the decade of service he already has provided as a member of the Foundation’s investment committee, and we look forward to his additional contributions as a trustee.”



Automotive pioneer Charles Stewart Mott established the private, charitable foundation that bears his name in 1926 in Flint, Michigan. The Mott Foundation supports and works with organizations in our hometown of Flint and communities around the world to promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. We make grants through four programs: Civil Society, Education, Environment and Flint Area. In addition to Flint, we have offices in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg and London. In 2022, the Foundation made 385 grants totaling more than $187 million and had year-end assets of nearly $3.7 billion. For more information, visit