Glen Hooks, director of the Arkansas chapter of the Sierra Club, is set to join Audubon Delta as policy manager, working on climate and clean energy campaigns. His first day with Audubon will be Nov. 15.
“I felt like it was a good opportunity for me,” Hooks said. “Audubon Delta is a growing region of the Audubon Society. They’re doing a similar type of work that I’m doing with Sierra Club… I’m excited to be part of the growth.
“They’ve got a good plan to expand their clean energy work over the next couple of years, and they’ve been doing some impressive work over the last five to 10 years here in Arkansas, too. It’s a good team of people I’ve allied with for almost my entire time at Sierra Club. I know the team over there really well, and it seemed like the right time to join up.”
Hooks has worked for the Sierra Club for more than 18 years and has been based in Arkansas. He is the first director of the Arkansas Sierra Club and started in the position about eight years ago after working for the national Sierra Club organization for 11 years.
A new director has yet to be named, but Hooks expects a search for the next director will start soon. His last day with the Sierra Club will be Nov. 12.
Audubon Delta serves Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, and Hooks will remain based in Little Rock. He will join an office of four employees. He is the sole employee of the Arkansas Sierra Club but works with many volunteers.
In July, conservation organization National Audubon Society announced the merger of three state offices – Audubon Louisiana, Audubon Arkansas and Audubon Mississippi – to create Audubon Delta. Dawn O’Neal was named vice president and executive director of the newly formed Audubon Delta.