Senior Field Representative, Georgia
As Oceana’s Georgia Senior Field Representative, Hermina builds on-the-ground support for Oceana’s U.S. campaigns in the coastal state of Georgia.
Hermina Glass-Hill grew up in inner-city Atlanta. Family trips to the Sea Islands of coastal Georgia and South Carolina awakened her love for the ocean and nature. Later travels to Africa and the Caribbean Islands expanded her imagination and broadened her worldview about nature, history, people, and culture.
Prior to joining Oceana, Hermina served as the research historian for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights where she learned the value of hard-won struggles for racial equality and ocean justice during the Civil Rights Movement.
In 2016, Hermina founded the Susie King Taylor Women’s Institute and Ecology Center to honor this Gullah Geechee freedom seeker and to provide educational programming on the influence of coastal ecology in the lives of enslaved and free women. In 2019, she received the Georgia Governor’s Award for Arts and Humanities for her service in preserving African American history and culture. Most recently she worked as the climate justice advocate at Georgia Interfaith Power and Light, engaging communities and educating local, state, and federal policymakers on the impact of climate change on frontline coastal communities.
At the invitation of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Hermina represented Oceana and inter-faith coalition partners at the 2023 Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) as a panelist on the Margaret Davidson Emerging Leaders: Climate Innovations closing plenary session.
Hermina attended Spelman College and Georgia State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in heritage preservation.
She lives with her husband in Midway, GA, a town forty miles south of Savannah.