Elizabeth Butson


Elizabeth Butson started her career as a free lance journalist for Time Life and the Toronto Star. In the 1960’s she joined Philip Morris International where she initiated the sponsorship of cultural and sports programs for the company around the world. She was the first woman in Philip Morris’ history to achieve the title of Marketing Vice President.

After 27 years at Philip Morris, she and her husband Thomas Butson embarked in reviving two downtown weeklies, The Villager and The Downtown Express. During their seven years as publishers, the Butsons won many New York Press Association awards for their excellent editorial coverage of community issues. In 1997, they were awarded The Spirit of Greenwich House Award for their significant contributions to the community as publishers of The Villager. Ms. Butson is Publisher Emerita for both newspapers.

Ms. Butson was awarded a membership to the Academy of Women Achievers by the YWCA of New York, and was honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by the New York Women’s Foundation. She was involved in the restoration of the Washington Square Arch, and has served on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations such as the International Advertising Association, the Lower Manhattan Marketing Association, and The Washington Square Association. She currently serves on the board of The Greenwich House Music School.

Ms. Butson is a recipient of The Legends of The Village Award for Distinguished Service by Village Care of New York, and The Citizen of The Village Award, established in 2001 by New York University.