Lauren Hermley works as the Coastal Culture Development Officer for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources where her primary responsibility is to develop and promote coastal North Carolina's cultural and natural resources as venues for civic engagement. She is focused on conveying the inextricable link between the natural environment and culture, and maximizing the contributions of North Carolina's coastal resources to education, livability, and the sustainable tourism economy. She considers the development of preservation-focused and youth-oriented participatory programming as essential to these efforts. In her role with the Department of Cultural Resources, Ms. Hermley works in partnership with numerous groups including state and federal land management agencies, arts councils, universities, educators, economic developers, the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, and coastal and inland rural communities.
Ms. Hermley's previous experience includes sales and marketing in the private sector, as well as non-profit management. She owned a small business called When in Roam, a small group tour operator, where she organized and led eco-cultural dive trips to various locations worldwide. Ms. Hermley has also worked extensively with the State of North Carolina's Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project, the archaeological investigation of the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's flagship. Most notably, she developed and administered a public outreach program entitled Dive Down, designed to highlight the multidisciplinary value of this important cultural resource.
A Rotarian and community volunteer, Ms. Hermley also serves on several local and regional boards including the NC Maritime History Council, the Advisory Committee for NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, the Tourism Advisory Group for North Carolina's Eastern Region, and the NC Coastal Federation. In her spare time, she is an avid SCUBA diver and outdoor aficionado. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Ms. Hermley graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Organizational Psychology and lives in Beaufort, North Carolina with her husband, Shawn.