Andrew Hughes was raised in a small town in Texas and played football at Rice University. He is a Fulbright scholar and briefly began a medical education before deciding instead to spend his 20s traveling. Since then he has worked many jobs: a techno deejay, a contractor in Iraq, a sound engineer, a piano tuner and most recently as a software developer. He is also the author of a science fiction novel, Mind Your Meter! He lives in Anchorage, Alaska, where he keeps busy sea kayaking and contemplating a new career as a bush pilot.
According to the White House, in its first year, the American Climate Corps will put more than 20,000 young people on career pathways in the fields of clean energy, conservation and climate resilience.