John Butler

John Butler

CSE Communities

Professional Experience

John is a Partner of CSE Communities, and is focused on the development of its affordable multifamily product. From 2012-2017, John was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership (CMHP), one of the larger not-for-profit developers of affordable housing in the Southeast. In addition to his financial responsibilities, John had oversight of CMHP’s development and construction activities. He was heavily involved in the development of a number of federal low-income housing tax credit projects (LIHTC) and the acquisition of other multifamily properties. He was also responsible for the successful financial turnaround of Brightwalk, a sixty-four acre master planned community redevelopment project, in one of Charlotte’s most challenged neighborhoods.

Prior to changing his focus to affordable housing, John had a twenty-year history as EVP/CFO of a variety of successful start-ups and turnarounds. These included Clearwire, which grew from an excel spread sheet to its ultimate sale four years later at a market cap value in excess of $17.0 billion, and two other start-ups that went public on NYSE and NASDAQ with market caps at exit well in excess of $1.0 billion.

Affiliations and Accreditations

  • Wake Forest University Business School, Visiting Professor of the Practice
  • Licensed CPA in Texas
  • Urban Land Institute, Member


  • MBA, Finance/Marketing, University of Texas at Austin
  • BBA, Accounting, University of Notre Dame