Rob Butler joined Grant Thornton as Tax Services practice leader of the Metro New York/New England market territory's Not-for-Profit practice, after more than 20 years working with higher education and not-for-profit institutions. Butler most recently served as controller of Brandeis University, overseeing the general accounting office, accounts payable, payroll, and sponsored programs accounting, working closely with the audit committee, financial systems and reporting, and all departments throughout the university. Prior to joining Brandeis, Butler led the KPMG exempt organization tax team, which provided compliance and regulatory services to higher education institutions and health care organizations throughout New England and Upstate New York.
Prior to joining KPMG, Butler worked with the Massachusetts attorney general’s office focusing on public oversight and proper governance of public charities and corporate entities. The combination of his experiences working within an administration of a higher education institution, providing professional services to not-for-profit organizations, and enforcing regulatory compliance enables him to provide extensive and well-rounded perspectives to higher education and not-for-profit clients. Butler has been on different sides of the boardroom table. He has advised clients on technical issues with respect to tax-exempt status, foreign activity, public disclosure, governance, transparency and the consequences of making investments in debt-financed securities.