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Staff Spotlight: 20 Questions in 60 Seconds with Alice Butler

By Megan Hoel June 15, 2015

20 Questions in 60 seconds is our new blog series in which we interview Communities In Schools staff members. This week's guest is Alice Butler, Director of Individual Giving at the Communities In Schools National office. 

1. What three traits define you?
Fun-loving, independent, thoughtful.

2. What is your personal philosophy?
Do the best that you can, in the place where you are, and be kind.

3. What's one thing you couldn't live without?
French Fries.

4. What are you listening to/reading these days?
Florence and the Machine, Lake Street Dive and the soundtrack from Muscle Shoals.

5. What is your greatest fear?
Letting physical distance get in the way of meaningful relationships. My family doesn’t live close to one another, and it can be challenging to stay connected. We do a good job, but I don’t want to know what it would be like if we didn’t.

6. Where is your favorite place to be?
On the patio of my parent’s house having lunch with my mom. We have a long tradition of doing this and even though the house has changed many times, there’s always a patio.

7. What is your favorite thing to do?
Laugh until my stomach hurts.

8. What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
In college I had a job in the art gallery sorting through thousands of French posters cataloguing them electronically. It was painfully tedious, but the art was beautiful.

9. What’s the coolest (or most important) trend you see today?
People who still read print newspapers and actual books.

10. Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?
Don’t we have robot housekeepers? I’m in the market for a Roomba and a kitten who will ride it around and clean my house like a confused, triumphant, dizzy conqueror. 

11. What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?
Peanut butter and jelly in the same jar.

12. You’re hosting a dinner party. Who are the 3 people, living or dead, who you would invite and why?
William Clark, Tina Fey, and Pierre L'Enfant. William Clark because I want to hear his amazing adventures, Tina Fey because she’s brilliant/hilarious and seems like a good addition to any party. Pierre L'Enfant, because, well, I’ve got a few bones to pick with him about traffic in Washington, DC.

13. What would you serve?
Fried chicken, avocado bruschetta, roasted brussels sprouts and a salad.

14. If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
Wacky billionaire who gives away their fortune to worthy causes.

15. What advice do you have for kids who are struggling in school?
Take it one day, or one hour, at a time and know that you’re not alone.

16. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
Girl. Chill. It’s all gonna work out great.

17. What are your three most overused words/phrases?
That’s great, I believe it, woohoo!

18. What is the best book you have ever read?
On Beauty by Zadie Smith.

19. Tell us something that might surprise us about you. 
I was captain of the girl’s ice hockey team in High School.

20. What is your favorite thing about working at Communities In Schools?
Knowing that we’re making a real difference in the lives of students in need. I’ve loved getting to know and working with such smart, talented and caring people. Also the free coffee.

Have more questions for Alice? Add them to the comments below and she'll answer them!