Anthony Ching wearing a black suit stands in a building list with blue and purple lights.
Anthony Ching Anthony Ching, TNC Hawai'i External Affairs Director. © Courtesy of Anthony Ching

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Anthony Ching Selected as Director of External Affairs for The Nature Conservancy Hawai'i Chapter

Anthony Ching has been selected to join the executive team and lead government relations for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Hawai‘i Chapter. Ching returns to Hawai‘i after spending 11 years in Washington, D.C. as congressional staff to Hawaiʻi delegation members Rep. Ed Case, former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (deceased) and former Rep. Neil Abercrombie.

“We are thrilled to welcome Anthony on board as Director of External Affairs,” said Ulalia Woodside, Executive Director of TNC’s Hawai‘i Chapter. “Transformational outcomes for conservation and climate solutions depend upon catalytic policy changes at all levels. Anthony is uniquely positioned to continue our work as a key partner and lead advocate for public policy and government action.”

In this position, Ching will help further the work of TNC and partners through direct interaction with local, state, and federal elected officials, government agencies and others through planning, coordinating, leading and implementing conservation policy and funding initiatives that provide sound conservation opportunities.

“I am very much looking forward to returning home and working to protect Hawaiʻi and Palmyra’s precious and unique land, waters and biodiversity,” says Ching. “While there are still many challenges we face due to COVID-19 and its health and economic impacts, I am encouraged by the strength of TNC’s people and expertise to make positive change.”

Born and raised in Kaʻaʻawa, Oʻahu, Ching moved to D.C. after college and began working for the delegation, eventually attending law school part-time. Ching is a graduate of Kahuku High School, holds a bachelor's degree in political science and communication from the University of Washington, and a  law degree from American University.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.