This month, Veterans for Political Innovation welcomed Jeremy Butler to the Board of Directors. Jeremy is a nationally-recognized thought leader on issues affecting military service members and their families, having served as CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). IAVA is widely considered the voice for the post-9/11 veteran generation, with over 425,000 veterans and allies nationwide, serving as the leader in non-partisan veteran advocacy and public awareness efforts.
"We're absolutely thrilled to welcome Jeremy Butler to the board of directors," Todd Connor, CEO of Veterans for Political Innovation, said. "His national reputation, deep understanding of the military community, advocacy at both the national and local level, and personal passion for addressing the political polarization crisis facing our country make him uniquely suited to provide leadership for our growing effort."
"Veterans for Political Innovation is doing very unique, and very important work at this moment," offered Butler. "In the increasingly paralyzed and hyper-partisan political times we find ourselves in as a country, I truly believe that military veterans can play a unique role in bridging divides to help lead our country into a new era in which we collectively work to improve the political system for all Americans. Election reforms, and specifically Final Five Voting, offer powerful solutions to the problems we face." - Jeremy Butler
Jeremy Butler's Bio:
Jeremy most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) for four years but joined the staff of IAVA in 2015 where he worked in various capacities with the fundraising team. In 2018 he transitioned to Chief Operating Officer and in 2019 took over as CEO.
Jeremy served on active duty in the Navy from 1999 – 2005 as a Surface Warfare Officer. He transitioned to the Reserves and has remained there since. Coming off active duty, he began working for a DC-based government contractor and served in a variety of roles to include work for the Department of Homeland Security, the Joint Staff, and the Department of the Navy. Throughout, he spent several years back on active duty both overseas and in the US.
He attended Knox College in Galesburg, IL and graduated with an International Relations major. He later received his M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.