Acorn International Names JD Holt Director of Projects

June 1, 2024 – (Houston, TX; Boston, MA)Acorn International (“AI”), a worldwide social and environmental risk management consultancy with offices in Houston and Boston, is pleased to announce that it has named JD Holt Director of Projects. This appointment comes in response to the firm’s accelerating growth.

Mr. Holt is a senior advisor and project director with years of diversified experience primarily in the construction and energy sectors. His services have included client management for governmental and commercial ventures, process analytical engineering projects, design-build LEED residential projects, and 20+ years of experience with health and safety, multimedia environmental projects, innovative technologies, and air quality specialization.

JD’s arrival at Acorn International comes at a perfect time for our rapid growth,” founder and President Dean Slocum noted. “His decades of environmental consulting experience, committed study of human organizational behavior, and leadership ability will serve us well as we continue to bring on new talent and client engagements.” He continued, “ And his warm, Texas charm has been a great addition to the chemistry of an already outstanding team.”

Over his career, JD managed field and corporate HSE and air quality teams for an S&P 100 energy company. He brings creative value and strategic insights into the practical application of economic, social, and environmental corporate commitments, leveraging his experience and education in organizational dynamics and his expertise across multiple disciplines and sectors.

I feel fortunate to come on board with Acorn International as Director of Projects, and appreciate the tremendous opportunity this role offers me to collaborate and grow with such a talented and ardent team of experts,” Holt Shared. “I am excited to contribute to Acorn’s professional ensemble in supporting environmental and social success while helping to ensure that stakeholders, both global and domestic, can thrive amidst progress and growth.”

JD is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Master of Arts, Human Dimensions of Organization (HDO). He also received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University.


About Acorn International

Acorn International is a professional social and environmental risk management consultancy based in Houston and Boston with engagements worldwide. Designed to be lean and adaptive, Acorn International is comprised primarily of highly seasoned professionals that partner with experts from its established network of vetted in-country specialists in over 90 countries. The approach enables adaptability with the capacity to expand teams and expertise, and address local challenges and nuances with local solutions. Among those that look to AI for risk guidance and solutions are ExxonMobil, Chevron, Hess, Occidental, Shell, Newmont, Freeport McMoRan, Rio Tinto, and RWE Renewables. To learn more, please visit



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