Modia Butler

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Modia "Mo" Butler
Chief of Staff at United States Senate
In office
November 1, 2013 – February 1, 2016
LeaderCory Booker
Chief of Staff at the City of Newark
In office
Appointed byCory Booker
Personal details
BornJuly 8, 1973
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materFranklin & Marshall College
Rutgers University

Modia "Mo" Butler (born July 8, 1973), a Democratic strategist and public affairs executive, is a partner at Mercury Public Affairs, LLC,[1] a leading national, bipartisan public affairs firm.[2] Butler previously served as Chief of Staff to United States Senator Cory Booker.[3][4] Butler also serves as a trustee at his alma mater Franklin & Marshall College.[5]


In 1995, Butler graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a B.A. in political science. Butler received his master's degree in public policy from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University – New Brunswick.[6]

Early career[edit]

From 1999 to 2003, Butler served as the executive director of Newark Do Something, an after-school program that promotes youth development. In 2003, Butler became the executive director of Newark Now, a grassroots nonprofit organization started by U.S. Senator Cory Booker.[7][8][9] In 2006, Butler joined the board of commissioners at the Newark Housing Authority, serving as chairman until 2015.[10][11] Under his leadership, the Newark Housing Authority was removed from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s "troubled list".[12]

In 2008, Butler was named chief of staff to former Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Cory Booker.[13] Butler appeared on multiple episodes of Brick City, a series that was broadcast on the Sundance Channel and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2010.

In early 2017, Butler was recognized, by the 100 people foundation, to represent the city of Newark's rich diversity and culture. [14] Butler displayed his vehement dedication to the betterment of Newark and its reputation. He led a historic transformation of the city parks and uses his public affairs expertise to support the fabric of communities. [15] Later that year, Butler was recognized as being one of the top twenty on the InsiderNJ’s African American Political Power List.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Butler resides in Newark, New Jersey and has one daughter.

Further reading[edit]

  • Booker, Cory (2016). United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good. Ballantine Books. ISBN 1-1019-6516-9 Search this book on Logo.png..
  • Wharton, Jonathan (2013). A Post-Racial Change is Gonna Come: Newark, Cory Booker and the Transformation of Urban America. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1-1372-7771-8 Search this book on Logo.png..
  • Gillespie, Andra (2012). The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark, and Post-Racial America. NYU Press. ASIN B-010T-IIKA-E.


  1. "Christie, Menendez and Booker aides all under one roof? - The Auditor". Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  2. "EXCLUSIVE: Booker COS Mo Butler Going to Work for Mercury". 19 January 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  3. "Archives -". Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  4. "Booker Announces George Helmy to Serve as State Director - Cory Booker - U.S. Senator for New Jersey". Retrieved 17 January 2018.
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  6. "Modia Butler - Rutgers–Newark Colleges of Arts & Sciences". Archived from the original on 2018-01-18. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-16. Retrieved 2016-08-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. Cave, Damien (31 July 2005). "WORTH NOTING; Newark's Problems? Where to Begin?". Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  9. "NJ Jewish News - Rabbi is driving force in efforts to introduce golf to Newark kids". Archived from the original on 20 September 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  10. Jacobs, Andrew (20 November 2006). "Evicted, Newark's Mayor Finds Another Blighted Street". Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  11. "Newark Housing Authority - NHA Board of Commissioners - Small Photo". Archived from the original on 2 January 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  12. "Newark receives high marks from federal government for Section 8 program". Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  13. "Booker changes staff to ready for 2010 campaign". Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  14. "100 People: A World Portrait". Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  15. "100 People of Newark". Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  16. "InsiderNJ's African American Political Power List in Honor of Black History Month - Insider NJ". 27 February 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018.

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