Although her career initially involved expanding economic opportunities available to small agricultural cooperatives in the Brazilian Amazon, she was given the award because of her focus on empowering local communities in the Lowcountry through collaborations with human services and other organizations.
Asked about her career in public service, Breidung explained, “Rather than thinking of my professional endeavors in the context of public service, I see my career path as being uniquely my own with a focus on positively contributing to the greater good.”
About Danielle Breidung
Breidung is a program coordinator for the Lowcountry Area Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Coalition and a Civic Engagement Coordinator on the University of South Carolina Beaufort campus. Originally from Waunakee, Wisconsin, she discovered her passion for service by participating in 4-H for ten years.
Breidung holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology with minors in Environmental Studies and Poverty and Human Capability Studies from Washington and Lee University. In August 2015, she was granted a Master of Education degree in international higher education from Loyola University Chicago.
After working in the Brazilian Amazon for two years as a liaison between agricultural cooperatives and nutraceutical companies in the United States, Breidung returned to the United States in July 2014. Shortly thereafter, she began working at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB).
As the Civic Engagement Coordinator, Danielle has the opportunity to collaborate with the Rotaract Club, Entrepreneurship Team, and Sand Shark Veterans. Additionally, she participates in a wide variety of coalitions, meetings, and events in order to strengthen USCB’s relationships with community partners.
About the Lowcountry Emerging Leaders Program
The Islands Society believes that emerging leaders in these South Carolina counties should be given a global platform to share their insights on how we can improve the health and well-being of island communities around the world.
Through the Lowcountry Emerging Leaders Program, the Islands Society recognizes a young professional from a different Lowcountry island community each month. That individual is given the opportunity to share their insights on how the health and well-being of other island communities can be improved based on their own life experiences.
The Lowcountry Emerging Leaders Program provides young leaders a platform to share their insights on how we can improve the health and well-being of local island communities in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, Berkeley, and Charleston Counties, South Carolina.
About the Islands Society
The Islands Society is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that develops and implements projects that inspire and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policy makers, storytellers and technologists.
About the Sea Islands Society
The Sea Islands Society is a constituent society of the Islands Society. Its primary mission is to develop and implement programs that enable individuals and sub-national organizations from barrier island communities along the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina to more fully participate in international relations. Specifically, the society develops and implements programs that provide women, ethnic minorities, and the next generation of leaders from these island communities with the knowledge, networks, platforms, and exposure required to realize their full potential as artists, athletes, chefs, designers, educators, musicians, nurses, scholars, policymakers, scientists, and technologists on the world stage.