Heather L. Hodges, Executive Director, became the director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor NHA in November 2017. During her tenure, she has placed an emphasis on developing educational programs, supporting cultural documentation and historic preservation efforts, encouraging heritage tourism, and fostering new research. Ms. Hodges did graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with honors from the Tulane University School of Law. She spent most of her legal career in private practice in Washington, D.C., as an Associate at the international law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP (now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer) and then as Counsel with Crowell & Moring LLP. She was awarded a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship from Georgetown Law School in 2010. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Aquarium and also sits on the advisory boards of South Carolina Sea Grant, Reconstruction Beaufort and the Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University.