C. Andrew Northrop, M.A.

C. Northrop


St. Clair County Extension Office

Statewide Government and Community Vitality, Sustainable Tourism Educator

Telephone: 810-989-6331

Area of Expertise:

Community Vitality, Sustainable Tourism, Leadership and Civic Engagement


Masters of Arts, Sustainable Development
Bachelor of Science, Psychology

Andy holds a statewide appointment with Michigan State University Extension's Community, Food, and Environment Institute, which focuses on developing strong sustainable community blueprints that strengthen relationships and social capital, foster innovative economic growth, and leverage and sustain our natural resources.

Andy brings more than ten years of international sustainable development experience to his role with Michigan State University Extension. Prior to his current role, Andy co-created sustainable financing and policy to support conservation for the St. Eustatius National Park in the Netherlands Antilles, launched and directed a social enterprise to strengthen sustainable development projects in Thailand, and later managed multi-agency partnerships and operations across southern Florida for the largest coastal restoration initiative in U.S. history. Most recently, while holding a faculty position at South Korea's Woosong University/Solbridge International Business School, Andy served as an advisor to the Ministry of Knowledge Economy for green technology transfers to developing countries while launching campus sustainability and educational programs. 

Originally a Michigander, Andy's previous experiences and current efforts support the community transformations necessary to retain and attract visitors, residents, investors, and resources. His programmatic area for MSU Extension helps communities uncover their social and ecological capital via capacity building and collaborative process. By doing so, communities are able and willing to leverage their true potential to become places where people want to live, work, play, learn and return.

Program areas include:


  • MA, Sustainable Development - SIT Graduate Institute (2007)
  • BS, Psychology - Michigan State University (2001)



Memberships: National Extension Tourism (Vice-Chair), Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals, Global Sustainable Tourism Council, National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, and Community and Natural Resource Development Association

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