Vice President of Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion, New York Public Radio

Brenda Williams-Butts is NYPR’s first-ever Vice President of Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion. She is responsible for defining, enabling and fostering a corporate culture that values diversity of talent, ideas, values and backgrounds across all parts of the organization. Brenda provides thought leadership for staffing and employee-engagement strategies, policies, processes, and practices. In addition, her team is responsible for broadening the talent and guest pool beyond traditional sources to find and attract a diverse pipeline for WNYC and WQXR that reflect the communities that the stations serve. Brenda previously served as NYPR’s Senior Director of Community Engagement and Audience Development. In this role, she was responsible for cultivating new voices at the station and building a more diverse audience. She has spent the past 15 years as the guiding force behind the organization’s outreach, engagement, and on-air content diversification. In 2009, Brenda was ranked among The Network Journal’s “25 Influential Black Women.” Brenda is a native New Yorker. She now resides in Union with her husband Charles Butts, Jr. and blended family of four adults and one grandchild.


Vice President of Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion, New York Public Radio

City, State you live in:

Union, NJ

One Great Achievement:

My greatest achievement besides raising my children is my relationship with my mom, she’s my rock.

Currently Reading:

My latest book club selection is Volunteer Slavery by Jill Nelson.

Social Media:

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Pinterest

Philosophy of Life:

“Use your life to serve the world, and you will find that is also serves you.” – Oprah Winfrey

Favorite Indulgence:

Seafood, especially lobster!

What’s a favorite restaurant in NJ?

Spanish Tavern in both Newark and Mountainside.

What’s one thing you love about the WA?

The Women’s Association is an amazing group of women who love and support the arts and I love attending the Spring Luncheon and sitting at Donna Walker-Kuhne’s table.

One thing most people don’t know about me:

I played competitive basketball from the age of nine years old all the way through college.