Mary Odell Butler is a practicing anthropologist working in research design, management and supervision of program evaluations for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Cancer Institute. She is a past president of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology and a member of the AAA Committee for Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA). She is a founding member of the NAPA Evaluation Anthropology Interest Group established in 2003. She is co-editor of Evaluation Anthropology: Creating an Emerging Sub-field, published in the NAPA Bulletin Series (2005) and of Applying Anthropology in the Global Village (2012). She has also completed studies of the effects of technological and economic change on reproductive health and human fertility in Guatemala and was a Fulbright scholar in Brazil.