Executive Vice President at St. David’s Foundation (NAC Chair)
William Buster, MA, is Vice President of Community Investments at St. David’s Foundation in
Austin, Texas. He provides oversight for St. David’s Foundation’s grantmaking programs, and is
responsible for leading the design, development, delivery and evaluation of the Foundation’s
grantmaking strategies and policies. William also oversees developing strategies for programs
and grant making to address healthcare workforce needs.
Prior to joining St. David’s Foundation, William’s work included several positions within two
foundations (W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation) and his own
consultancy, Common-Unity Philanthropic Advisors. During his time at the W. K. Kellogg
Foundation he served as the Advisor to the President of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation on Young
Men and Boys of Color as well as the Director of Mississippi and New Orleans Programs. In his
role as Advisor, he developed the foundation-wide approach to integrating the young men and
boys of color strategies into all foundation strategies. In his role as Director, he was responsible
for leadership and visioning in the program conceptualization, design, planning, management,
coordination, communication, evaluation, and learning of all grantmaking in Mississippi and
In his role as a Program Officer for the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, William led the grantmaking and network development primarily in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana to move people and places out of poverty focusing on community development, grassroots engagement, and youth development.
William has received several accolades. Among them was being honored to work closely with
the White House in the development of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. He advised the
Ferguson Commission on strategies to promote and include racial equity and racial healing into
the Commission’s Racial Equity and Reconciliation Community Call to Action Plan. He was also
an appointee by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the Minority Farmer
Advisory Committee to advise USDA on implementation of outreach and assistance efforts to
socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. He is also a Hull Fellow of the Southeastern
Council of Foundations. William also serves on several national nonprofit boards.
William earned a Master of Arts degree in policy and practice of development from the University of New Hampshire, a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University, and completed an executive education program in mastering negotiation from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.