President and Founder
Ms. Butzen is the founder of Mission + Strategy Consulting, a firm specializing in nonprofit strategic restructuring: mergers, partnerships, alliances, and parent corporations. Ms. Butzen’s interest in strategic restructuring began in 2005 when the organization she was leading – Lakefront Supportive Housing — completed a merger with Mercy Housing, based in Denver, CO. Ms. Butzen formed Mission + Strategy Consulting (“M+S”) in 2006 and has since grown the firm to include a core team of five consultants and four lines of business. M+S is now the Midwest’s foremost consulting firm on nonprofit mergers and strategic restructuring. In addition to her duties as President of M+S, Ms. Butzen lectures on the subject of nonprofit mergers and partnerships for numerous foundation, nonprofit, and university forums.
Ms. Butzen has worked in the nonprofit sector for 35 years. Prior to launching her consulting business, she was President/CEO of Lakefront Supportive Housing for 18 years. Ms. Butzen began her engagement with Lakefront as a start-up organization, and grew it to be one of the largest providers of supportive housing in the Midwest with a consolidated budget of $12 million and a portfolio of more than 1,000 units of housing.