Herschelle Milford

Herschelle Milford has 30 years of professional career and personal experience in an ethnically diverse society in South Africa, leading organizations and managing projects. A graduate from the University of the Western where she also completed a Higher Education diploma as a teaching professional, she worked for 8 years in the fields of education, both in a governmental and non-profit setting. The last 18 years of her career have been dedicated to leadership in a land justice non-profit, leading the organization through several change and strategic processes. As its first black director/director of color, Hershelle was instrumental in leading a process of workplace transformation around race, inclusivity, equity, and diversity. Her personal lived experience of racial divide and injustice informs her quest for abandoning all forms of exclusion and dignity. Working with disadvantaged and politically, socially, and economically excluded communities in a post-Apartheid period, provided valuable insights that Hershelle is able to share, especially on the non-profit boards she serves. She brings this collective learning and re-learning, dialogue and advocacy, exchange, and solidarity to her work on the Thousand Currents board. Hershelle also serves on the Social and Ethics Committee of the mothers2 mothers South Africa board, is a member of the Environmental Monitoring Group, and previously served as an advisory board member of the Agroecology Fund. She believes in the power of collectivism, community, and solidarity and the ability to establish and maintain relationships and solidarity with community partners, stakeholders, and international alliances. Her involvement in the faith and spiritual spaces allowed her the opportunity to contribute to dialogue, action and awareness raising of the interconnection of Faith and Justice today.