Jennifer Butte-Dahl

Senior Director, The Tembo Group
Jennifer Butte-Dahl


Jennifer Butte-Dahl is a Senior Director with The Tembo Group, a social impact consultancy based in NYC. Tembo was recently acquired by APCO Worldwide, a global advisory and advocacy communications consultancy. She is leading west coast business development and also working on strategy and planning around the integration of the two firms.

Butte-Dahl has lived and worked on five continents and engaged on critical global challenges from vantage points across the international affairs spectrum, through business, government, philanthropy, social enterprise and the nonprofit sector. She set up a nonprofit focused on entrepreneurship in post-apartheid South Africa, opened a sales support office for a large multinational in the United Arab Emirates and built alliances for a social enterprise committed to providing renewable energy to communities across the globe that lacked electricity. While working for the U.S. government, most recently as a senior adviser to the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and other high-level presidential envoys, Butte-Dahl was responsible for furthering the State Department’s legislative agenda on Capitol Hill, defining and advocating for U.S. government budget and policy priorities and managing complex diplomatic and development challenges facing the United States. She also is the founder of the Master of Arts in Applied International Studies program and an affiliate faculty member at the Jackson School of International Studies.


  • Georgetown University, MS in Foreign Service