Brenda Williams-Butts

  • Senior Director of Community Engagement & Audience Development
  • New York Public Radio

Williams-Butts is responsible for cultivating new voices at the station and building the diverse audience that New York Public Radio serves. She has spent the past fifteen years as the guiding force behind the organization’s outreach, engagement, and on-air content diversification. Williams-Butts created NYPR’s Star Program, the Cultural Arts Program and WNYC Single Series, which serves as a substantial stream of revenue. In addition, she created a new revenue stream for the organization with specialized events and worked closely with the Underwriting sales team, bringing in over $1 million in revenue during a five-year span. She produces the station's annual MLK event, which brings together scholars, community leaders and activists to engage in conversation, about the legacy of King’s dream. She’s a native New Yorker now residing in Union, New Jersey, with her husband Charles Butts and family.