Andrew J. Otting

Andrew J. Otting joined the Openlands board in 2000 and chairs the Policy & Community Engagement Committee. Andy is the President of Scott Byron & Co., Inc., a landscape architecture firm. He particularly enjoyed Openlands’ Great Perennial Divide event, during which several local nurseries distribute perennials to school-based and community gardens. He also enjoys working with Urban Gardeners who have carved out and saved a piece of nature in the toughest of urban conditions.


  • B.S., (Soil Science) University of Wisconsin
  • M.S. (Ornamental Horticulture), University of Wisconsin

Civic and non-profit affiliations

  • Business Group:  T.E.C. The Executive Committee
  • Lurie Children’s Foundation
  • Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Rehab Institute of Chicago
  • Alliance Française de Chicago
  • Chicago Botanic Garden,
  • United States Holocaust Museum
  • Hadley School for the Blind
  • Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind
  • Music Institute
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Rice Foundation
  • Northwestern Memorial Foundation
  • Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
  • Chicago Youth Centers
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Allendale Shelter Association
  • Driehaus Foundation
  • U of C Cancer Research Foundation
  • American Cancer Society,The Executive Committee
  • Lake Street Church

Favorite activities and areas of expertise

Andrew enjoys hiking, climbing, kayaking and paddle boarding.