Earth Keepers Founder—Rev. Andrew Black
A New Mexico native, Andrew witnessed first hand the healing nature of God’s creation while fishing the rivers of the west with his grandfathers, both WWII veterans. Andrew completed a joint degree Juris Doctor/Master of Divinity at University of Louisville School of Law and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. While in Louisville, Andrew had the opportunity to study with preeminent environmental ethicist Wendell Berry and leading Environmental Law Scholar Tony Arnold. After studying Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa, Andrew worked in the U.S. Senate as a Field Representative for U.S. Senators Bingaman and Heinrich covering issues of public lands, health, education, immigration, and veterans. While with Senator Bingaman, Andrew worked on the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony honoring the Navajo Codetalkers. While with Senators Bingaman and Heinrich, Andrew led anti-poverty initiatives building community-wide coalitions focused on education, engagement and empowerment. In promoting conservation among faith leaders and sportsmen, Andrew helped spearhead environmental coalitions that led to the protection of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, the Columbine Hondo Wilderness and the Valles Caldera National Park Preserve. While with the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, an organization founded by Aldo Leopold, Andrew spearheaded conservation initiatives focused on youth, veterans and tribal engagement, wildlife corridors and connectivity, and protection of National Monuments. In 2017, Andrew worked with tribes and spiritual leaders throughout the west to led a field trip to Bears Ears National Monument focused on the protection of sacred lands. Andrew is an ordained Presbyterian Minister and served the Presbyterian Church (USA) as an Associated Stated Clerk overseeing the denomination’s governance from 2011-2013. Andrew currently serves as an associate pastor to First Presbyterian Church Santa Fe, is a Commissioner to the Synod of the Southwest and is the National Wildlife Federation’s Public Lands Field Director. He is an avid fly-fisherman and passionate about the intersection of culture, community, collaboration, conservation and spirituality.