Rhett Buttle is the Founder of Public Private Strategies, a consulting firm that is exclusively focused on where the public and private sectors meet. The firm is a leader in engaging business leaders – from the small business community to the Fortune 100 – in the most pressing policy issues of the day. Rhett is also a Senior Fellow at The Aspen Institute’s Financial Security Program. In his role at Aspen, Rhett’s focus is on issues of reconnecting work and wealth. Rhett will work to build out cross program approaches that are focused on creating new solutions to promote economic security for all Americans.
Before founding Public Private Strategies, Rhett was the Business Engagement Director at Hillary for America, serving as Secretary Clinton’s liaison and private sector advisor during her run for President. Before joining the campaign, Rhett was President and Managing Director of a national business advocacy organization where he led an organization of over 25 people actively doing policy and advocacy work both nationally and in 10 states across the country.
In 2014, Rhett was appointed by President Obama to The White House Business Council and served as the Director of Private Sector Engagement in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, he was the main liaison between the department and the business community. He is an expert on healthcare policy issues as they relate to the employer community. He worked on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, public/private partnerships for the Ebola response, and the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative. He was a key player in the Administration’s effort to transform the healthcare system to one that is more focused on value and patient-centered care. Rhett has also served in the Office of the President at George Washington University and in the Office of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has worked on several presidential, state, and local campaigns.
Rhett frequently engages with the media and has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and several business publications. He has spoken on business issues at the Aspen Institute, the Harvard Institute of Politics, and the Center for American Progress. He also serves on the boards of several organizations. Rhett holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree from The George Washington University. In addition, he is active in many volunteer and professional organizations, including American Legion Boys State. Rhett was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. In 2016, he was honored by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce as their Business Advocate of the Year.