Brandee M. Butler

Brandee M. Butler is Division Director, Civil Liberties for Open Society Initiative for Europe. She is former Head of Gender Justice and Human Rights at C&A Foundation and had previously managed the Levi Strauss Foundation's grantmaking portfolios in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Brandee has devoted her career to improving human rights protections for marginalized populations.  From 2006 until 2010, she was a Program Officer for Human Rights and International Justice at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, supporting human rights movements and promoting the rule of law globally, and with a particular emphasis on Africa. Earlier in her career, Brandee practiced law at the Alliance for Children's Rights in Los Angeles and was awarded the Yale Law School Bernstein Fellowship for International Human Rights to combat child trafficking with UNICEF in Gabon.  She serves as a Board member for MADRE, an international women’s rights organization, and is an advisor for ARTWORKS Projects in Chicago.Brandee received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University and a juris doctorate from Yale Law School.