John O. Hudson, III
Alabama Board Member Since: December 2014
John O. Hudson III is an attorney who serves as a senior vice president at Alabama Power Company, an electric utility that provides reliable, affordable electricity to more than 1.4 million customers across the state. In this role, he has broad oversight of Alabama Power’s marketing, economic development, business development and corporate entrepreneurship functions, as well as the company’s customer service centers in Birmingham and Montgomery.
Prior to serving in his current role, Hudson served as the chief executive of the Alabama Power Foundation, one of the largest corporate philanthropic organizations in the state, and as vice president of Public Relations and Charitable Giving at Alabama Power.
Prior to his recent roles at 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 as chairman of the organization’s Diversity Advisory Council.
Prior to joining Regions, Hudson practiced law and was 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, Hudson began his career at Alabama Power Company, where he held roles of notable professional responsibility. 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.
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 and passionate about philanthropy, Hudson serves as chairman of the board directors of the A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club, a historic nonprofit organization serving more 1,200 children a year in Birmingham. He also serves as chairman of the board of the Foundation for Progress in Journalism (FPJ), which focuses on education and training for aspiring and professional journalists. FPJ’s assets include several media properties, including the Birmingham Times Media Group, publisher of The Birmingham Times, one of the most historic African-American focused publications in the United States.
In 2015, Hudson was selected for the prestigious Aspen Institute Ascend Fellowship, which brought together an exclusive group of diverse leaders across the United States to work on breakthrough ideas to build economic security, educational success, and positive health and wellness outcomes for low- income families in America.
Hudson serves as a member of the board of directors of several civic organizations, including the Birmingham Museum of Art, Children’s Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Red Mountain Theatre Company, the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Alabama Sports Council, and Operation Hope. He also serves on the advisory board of Teach for America - Alabama and is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Leadership Alabama, the Newcomen Society of Alabama, Kappa Alpha Psi Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi fraternity.
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.
With a strong interest in aiding institutions of higher learning, Hudson has served 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 the Jefferson State Community College Foundation.
Hudson received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Alabama A&M University, is a cum laude graduate of Miles College School of Law, and completed the Executive Accounting and Finance Program at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
He and his wife, Nyya, a municipal court judge in Birmingham, have a 13-year-old daughter, Jordyn.