Head of US & North America Operations
Del is the executive lead of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, USA Inc. with operations in San Francisco, New York and Portland, Oregon. In this role, Del is responsible for US & North America strategy and providing leadership to the Foundation’s US-based team members. She works closely with the CEO, COO, US Trustees and Global Programme leads, and is the senior point of contact in the US & North America for the Foundation’s engagement with education, government, business, knowledge and funding partners.
After 20 years working inside global corporations, most recently heading the sustainability partnerships and performance team within Nike Inc.’s Advanced Innovation function, Del joined the Foundation in September 2017 to lead the expansion of US and North American programming.
Del’s industry and brand experience includes the fashion, health, entertainment and food sectors, where she has held senior public affairs, partnership and investor communication roles in the US, UK and Australasia.
Originally from New Zealand (and a self-confessed ‘farm girl’ at heart), Del graduated from Massey University with a BA Social Sciences in Media Studies & Communication. She retains an enduring interest in generational knowledge, belief-building, the mechanics of change and behavioural economics.
Del enjoys the parallels between life in the Pacific Northwest and New Zealand (including the rain) and the outdoor lifestyle and sense of 'place' it affords her two American-born children. Most weekends, the Hudson family can be found at one of Oregon's many beautiful beaches.