Kenneth W. Butler

Ken Butler
Working Title
Professor of Practice
People Type
Adjunct Faculty

MBA/Finance—George Washington University

Research Emphasis

Federal public policy implementation and advocacy


Professor Butler started his career in 1970 as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott (R-PA) and later became the Legislative Director for Congressman Bud Shuster (R-PA) and eventually his Professional Staff Member on what is now the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.  In those 12 years of Congressional Service, he worked on numerous policy issues from federal transportation reauthorization legislation to trucking deregulation to coal slurry pipeline legislation. From Capitol Hill, Mr. Butler received an appointment in 1984 from President Ronald Reagan as the Associate Administrator of what is now the Federal Transit Administration.  He administered a staff of 75 employees and a research budget of $4 million per year.  His greatest accomplishment was the creation of the Office of Private Sector Initiatives that promoted the use of public-private partnerships in public transportation. In 1987, he founded CAPITAL PARTNERSHIPS (VA) Inc. (CPI) that assisted clients in identifying federal funding resources for transportation projects from the 6th Runway at the Denver International Airport to the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge at the Hoover Dam.  CPI also worked to promote federal policy legislation for its clients ranging from preserving the rights of private transportation operators to compete for public transit service to enhancing the rights of local governments to be treated equitably by Metropolitan Planning Organizations. During his career in Washington, Professor Butler was a strong advocate for the use of public-private partnerships (P3) and innovative financing for infrastructure projects.  From 2007 to 2012, he was President and Chairman of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP).  The NCPPP is made up of over 200 public and private entities which is the only national advocacy groups for P3 infrastructure projects.

Courses Taught

Lobbying Government & Advocacy

Public Policy Processes & Strategies