Lori Butterworth is currently the Chief Development and Communications Officer for Ceiba Public Schools. She, along with former Watsonville Mayor, Eduardo Montesino founded the Watsonville Youth City Council in September of 2012. Butterworth is also the founder and former executive director of Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services and the Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition. During her tenure at both organizations, Ms. Butterworth designed, implemented and secured sustainable funding for innovative programs for families of children with life-threatening conditions. She led the campaign that officially established September as Children's Cancer Awareness Month in the State of California by executive order and spearheaded several California healthcare policy initiatives including the enactment of the Nick Snow Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Act of 2006.
A bilingual educator, Butterworth developed curriculum and taught Spanish Language Arts and Literature, Social Studies and Government in the Los Angeles and Oakland inner-city schools for more than a decade. She was instrumental in establishing a high school for girls in rural Guatemala.
Butterworth is the recipient of numerous awards including the Oprah Winfrey's Use Your Life award and the California Association of Nonprofits Award for Innovation in Program Development. She graduated with highest honors from the University of California at Los Angeles.