Executive Director, Audubon North Carolina
Vice President, National Audubon Society
Andrew Hutson is executive director of Audubon North Carolina and vice president of the National Audubon Society. As head of Audubon North Carolina, Dr. Hutson oversees conservation strategies spanning across North Carolina’s mountains, coast, working lands and bird-friendly communities, meets with partners, donors, funders and chapter members to strengthen community connections, and lays the groundwork for Audubon North Carolina to address new conservation challenges including climate change and sea level rise.
Hutson joined Audubon after a successful tenure at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), where he most recently served as senior director of the Fishery Solutions Center. He also served as a director in the EDF’s Corporate Partnerships Program, where he opened the organization’s office in Bentonville, Arkansas to improve the sustainability performance of leading retailers, worked to reduce energy use in Chinese factories, and partnered with leading food companies to halt Amazon deforestation.
Hutson holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a masters in environmental management in resource economics and policy from Duke University, and a B.A. in international relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University.