Alex Echols

Program Director, Agriculture
Campbell Foundation

Alex joined the Campbell Foundation in January of 2019 as Program Director of Agriculture, bringing experience in the agricultural sector, philanthropy, conservation and government.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Alex ran an independent business to help advance conservation outcomes, particularly in water quality and biodiversity. He also built a company, Ecosystem Services Exchange, that improves farm profitability and water quality. Previously Alex ran the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, worked as the government affairs director of a recycling trade association and worked for the U.S. Senate for 12 years. While working for the Senate, Alex was the principal staff lead in developing the Conservation Title of the Farm Bill.

Alex grew up on The New Farm (1780) in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Living there and in Latin America he witnessed how conservation and economic opportunity go hand in hand. Alex’s undergraduate degree is in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in environmental science. He has a masters of planning from Texas A&M University.

Alex travels extensively with his wife and daughter. He is an avid boater, fisherman and hunter.


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