Andrew Walker joined the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida in 2016 as president and CEO. He chose a career in conservation after canoeing through the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge as a graduate student in the late 1970s. An award-winning conservationist, he served for 25 years with The Nature Conservancy in a variety of senior roles.
Immediately before joining the Foundation, he was executive director of Bat Conservation International, launching programs in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Mexico during his tenure. He is also a BoardSource-trained consultant and has lectured widely and worked with dozens of U.S. and international organizations on nonprofit governance and management, strategic planning, conservation planning and major gift fundraising. He also served for four years with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and was a computer and telecommunications consultant for the U. S. Department of Energy.
A Life Scout (he could never pass lifesaving merit badge to attain Eagle Scout rank), he holds a master’s degree in technology transfer and communications from the University of Georgia and an undergraduate degree in physics and English literature from Washington & Jefferson College. He and his wife and fellow conservationist Christina Walker live in Sarasota and have three grown children.