Michael A. Butler
Michael Butler has served as chief executive officer for Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF) since June 2002. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Tennessee's largest and oldest conservation organization and ensuring Tennessee's citizens are educated about sound natural resources management. Mr. Butler also works with elected officials, state and federal agencies, and civic leaders to implement sound natural resources policy and create solutions to natural resource user conflicts. He joined TWF as director of conservation in April 1996, working with the organization's Conservation Policy Advisory Council and Board of Directors to develop natural resource policy.
Prior to his role at TWF, Mr. Butler obtained his master's degree in fish and wildlife management from Montana State University. He previously worked as a research assistant at Delta Waterfowl's headquarters in Portage la Prairie, Canada, and as a wildlife policy intern for the Wildlife Society in Washington, D.C. A Jackson, Tennessee, native, Mr. Butler obtained his bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee, with a major in wildlife and fisheries science and a minor in forestry.
Mr. Butler is an Eagle Scout, a member of various sportsmen and conservation groups, and serves on various industry-related committees and boards. He lives with his wife, Wallis, and their three daughters in Nashville, Tennessee.