Andrew W. Kendall, Henry P. Kendall Foundation

TITLE:  Executive Director  

FOCUS AREAS: Food systems

CONTACT:  (617) 951-2525; akendall@kendall.org

PROFILE: Andrew Kendall is the Henry P. Kendall Foundation’s executive director, a title he’s held since April 2012. Andrew’s foundation bio shares:

Andy is the Executive Director of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation and together with his colleagues is helping to launch its new program focused on helping build a stronger local food system in New England.

Andy joined the foundation in 2012 after spending 12 years as President of The Trustees of Reservations, a revered Massachusetts institution founded in 1891 dedicated to protecting properties of exceptional ecological, historic, or scenic value. Amongst his accomplishments, Andy led the development of a network of community farms and gardens across Massachusetts that engaged thousands of people in the sustainable production of local food. Prior to his time at TTOR, Andy worked at both the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Audubon as well as in Costa Rica where he worked on global conservation issues.

Andy is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Business School. In 2011, Andy received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Amherst College for his commitment to the environment.

His Amherst College bio shares the following information:

Andrew Kendall is president of The Trustees of Reservations, a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to “preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.” The organization now owns more than 25,000 acres of historical buildings, woodlands, parks, gardens, waterfalls, coastline and other areas, and it protects these “reservations” from development and environmental degradation.

Kendall grew up in Sharon, Mass., where family hiking and snowshoeing excursions helped him develop an affinity for the natural world. After earning bachelor’s degrees in astronomy and economics from Amherst and then an M.B.A. from Harvard, he worked for two manufacturing companies. But he missed working with local communities and experiencing the great outdoors. “I decided to try to combine my business [and management] skills with my commitment to the environment,” he said in a 2000 interview for the Harvard Business School Bulletin.

He joined the New Hampshire Audubon Society and eventually became its executive vice president. Then he shifted focus to Honduras, Belize and Costa Rica, where he led efforts toward carbon sequestration and sustainable, community-based harvesting of hardwood trees. In 1996, he returned to Massachusetts to work with its Audubon Society on a $10 million effort to redevelop part of an abandoned hospital site and to oversee the development of a 70-acre nature education facility for low-income youth. Kendall assumed his current role with The Trustees of Reservations in 2000. Since then, the organization has doubled its membership, expanded its land protection and undertaken not only the largest capital campaign in its own history but the largest environmental campaign in the history of Massachusetts.

In 2009, the Barr Foundation awarded Kendall a three-year fellowship for his “extraordinary work in broadening support for conservation and for strengthening bonds between urban residents and neighborhood land” in the Boston area. Kendall is also chairman of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation and a trustee of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.