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William M. Buster is a North Carolina native who has built a career in the field of strategic philanthropy. As the Senior Vice President at Dogwood Health Trust based in Asheville, NC, he leads the impact team and  provides oversight for the Foundation’s grantmaking and program-related investment strategies to ensure they achieve desired outcomes.

Prior to joining the Dogwood Health Trust, Mr. Buster worked in a variety of positions including Executive Vice President of Community Investments at St. David’s Health Foundation, Owner and Lead Consultant for Common-Unity Philanthropic and Nonprofit Advisors, Director of Mississippi and New Orleans Programs and Advisor to the President of Men and Boys of Color during nine years with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and  Program Officer for the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation.

Mr. Buster has received several accolades and achievements during his career: he worked closely with the White House in the development of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, advised the Ferguson/St. Louis Commission on its Racial Equity and Reconciliation Community Call to Action Plan, was an appointee by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the Minority Farmer Advisory Committee and has served on several nonprofit boards around the country. He currently serves as the chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Forward Promise Initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a Hull Fellow of the Southeastern Council of Foundations.

Mr. Buster earned his bachelor’s from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University and went on to earn his Master of Arts in policy and practice of development from the University of New Hampshire and an executive education certificate in mastering negotiation from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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