Rodney A. Butler is the Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation since January, 2010. Mr. Butler’s service on Tribal Council began in 2004, one year later in 2005, he was appointed Tribal Council Treasurer; a position he held through 2009. During his tenure, Mr. Butler chaired the Tribe’s Finance, Housing and Judicial Committees and served as an Interim CEO for Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Mr. Butler earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut where he played Defensive Back for the UCONN Huskies' football team. Prior to Tribal Council, Butler worked in the finance department at Foxwoods Resort Casino. He later became Chairman of the Tribal Business Advisory Board; an executive body responsible for overseeing the Tribe’s non-gaming businesses and commercial properties. Butler was actively involved in resort expansions at Foxwoods, as well as the Phase VII housing development on the Reservation and the establishment of the Mashantucket (Western) Pequot Tribe Endowment Trust. He was also a participant in Harvard Business School’s program: “Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities”. As Chairman, Butler’s focus is to ensure long-term stability for the Tribe’s government and business enterprises.
Chairman Butler is the 2019 recipient of the Citizen of the Year award from the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, and in 2018 he received the St. Edmund’s Medal of Honor Award from the Enders Island Retreat Center. In 2017, Chairman Butler was appointed “Tribal Leader of the Year” by the Native American Finance Officers Association. He presently serves as co-chairman of the Board of Directors for MMCT LLC. He also serves on the board of trustees for Roger Williams University, is a member of the board of directors for the Mystic Aquarium, and previously chaired the board of directors for the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut.