Pioneer - Portland, Maine
Andrew Butcher joined Fourth Economy as Pioneer in 2018 to forge new partnerships and opportunities throughout New England. He has been a long-time partner and supporter of Fourth Economy through his support of community efforts to repurpose underutilized resources so they can be used to improve members’ creativity, health, and resilience.
He is Executive Fellow at The Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University and was founding CEO of GTECH (now Grounded) Strategies, where he invented the phrase “Social Entrepreneurial Burrito.” Andrew now lives in Maine where he serves on the Portland Land Bank Commission. He enjoys food metaphors, jumping in cold water, and celebrating parks with his family. He recently filled over 500 water balloons for game of “mulch hole," which he invented to water a newly created community garden on a vacant lot.
Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College
MSPPM, Public Policy – Sustainable Community Development
B.A. Political Science, Philosophy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management
Executive Certificate, Entrepreneurship Development Program
Heinz College + Metro 21: Smart Cities Institute
Supported strategy, curriculum and research at intersection of community development, social innovation and smart infrastructure. Focused research on identifying where and how to adapt USPS facilities to increase community resilience
Supported projects for multiple national non-profits including: The Center for Community Progress and Clean Production Action.
GTECH Strategies (now Grounded Strategies)
Founded and ran social enterprise for first 10 years securing over $13M to support community driven efforts to turn environmental liabilities into community assets.
Echoing Green Global Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship
New York, NY
Social Entrepreneurial Fellow, Washington, DC.
St. Louis, MO
andrew.butcher (at) fourtheconomy.com
Andrew Butcher is a Fourth Economy Pioneer, a partner who helps us to build better communities and stronger economies, adding experience and critical and diverse perspective to our work. Based in Maine, Andrew has worked on a variety of projects that have expanded our reach into New England including:
City of Portland’s Innovation Agenda
The City of Lewiston Smart Infrastructure Strategy Smart Communities Maine, an initiative supported by Maine Technology Institute, GrowSmart Maine, and The Island Institute