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John Hudson III, ‘15

John Hudson III, ‘15

President, Alabama Power Foundation and Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development: Birmingham, AL

John O. Hudson III is an attorney who serves as vice president of Public Relations and Charitable Giving at Alabama Power Company, an electric utility that provides reliable, affordable electricity to more than 1.4 million customers across Alabama. He also serves as president of the Alabama Power Foundation, one of the state’s largest corporate philanthropic organizations, and executive director of the Alabama Business Charitable Trust. Hudson has also been elected senior vice president of Marketing and Business Development.

Prior to joining Alabama Power, Hudson served as senior vice president for Corporate Diversity and Public Affairs at Regions Financial Corporation, one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, trust, securities brokerage, mortgage and insurance products and services. Hudson continues to have an association with Regions – the only Fortune 500 company headquartered in Alabama – as chairman of the organization’s Diversity Advisory Council.

Prior to joining Regions, Hudson practiced law and also served as president and chairman of The Hudson Group – a public policy consulting firm that provided strategic communication and governmental affairs counsel to a vast array of corporate clients.

Before practicing law and establishing The Hudson Group, he served in roles of increasing professional responsibility at Alabama Power. During that time, he served as assistant to the president and CEO and as area manager of the Birmingham Division, the company’s largest customer service and operations center.

Hudson is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association and the Alabama Lawyers Association. He is licensed to practice law in all Alabama state courts as well as the United States District Court of the Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama. In 2010, he was among a select group of seasoned Alabama attorneys appointed by the president of the Alabama State Bar to serve as members of the organization’s Diversity in the Profession Committee.

Providing leadership to one of the country’s most historic minority-owned businesses, Hudson serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of A.G. Gaston Enterprises – a privately held investment company with holdings in construction, media, real estate and financial services. The company, which was established in 1923, continues the legacy of Dr. A.G. Gaston – a visionary 20th century African-American entrepreneur and Birmingham business leader. 

Integrally involved in the community, Hudson serves as a member of the Board of Directors of several civic organizations, including the Birmingham Museum of Art, Children’s Health System of Alabama, A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and HOPE Alabama. He also serves as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, the Newcomen Society of Alabama, Kappa Alpha Psi Inc., and Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, also known as the Boule’.

With a strong interest in aiding institutions of higher learning, Hudson serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of two of the schools from which he graduated – Alabama A&M University and Miles College School of Law. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of Miles College and a member of the Board of Directors of Jefferson State Community College Foundation.

Hudson received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Alabama A&M, is a cum laude graduate of Miles’ School of Law, completed the Executive Accounting and Finance Program at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and has worked toward an LL.M. in taxation at the University of Alabama’s School of Law.

He and his wife, Nyya, a municipal court judge in Birmingham, have a 12-year-old daughter, Jordyn.