Dr. Yolanda J. Butler

Senior Advisor

Dr. Yolanda J. Butler is a Senior Advisor in the Office of Community Services. Prior to this assignment, and since January 2017, Dr. Butler served as the Director in the Division of Social Services (DSS) where she led the administration of the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) program and related activities including the SSBG Consolidated Block Grant, and the administration and closeout of the Supplemental SSBG Superstorm Sandy resources. As a Senior Advisor in the OCS, Office of the Director, Dr. Butler is responsible for special projects related to and that support initiatives as identified by the Department, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Acting OCS Director. In this role, she is responsible for executing projects that require research design and methodology; data collection; project development; and collaboration and coordination with ACF and HHS offices as well as other stakeholders. Dr. Butler also consults with OCS leadership on other OCS program-specific matters as needed. Dr. Butler served as Deputy Director of the Office of Community Services for over 10 years; and from 2008 – 2011 she also served as the Acting Director of OCS. Dr. Butler has been an executive manager and advisor for nine block grant and discretionary grant programs (including one Presidential initiative program) that totaled about $8 billion. Prior to her positions in OCS, Dr. Butler served as a senior advisor on legislative, regulatory, and budget policy in the Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget where she worked on key social services and community programs. Dr. Butler received the doctorate in Political Science (concentrating in American Government and Public Administration) from Howard  University in 2006 and was a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF).