Carmera Thomas-Wilhite

CRN (2018)

Baltimore Program Manager

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Crofton, Maryland

Personal pronouns: She, her, hers

Since April 2018,I am currently the Baltimore Program Manager for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. I manage oyster gardening in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, growing over 20,000 baby oysters in the Baltimore harbor and advocacy action through connecting to issues through hands on learning experiences.

I joined the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Waterfront Partnership as a shared employee in April 2016, and over the past two years, in my role as Program Manager of the Healthy Harbor Initiative I connected Baltimore residents and Baltimore City school students to the waterfront; leading educational workshops about pollution issues in the harbor and Chesapeake Bay; while offering solutions and awareness to make the harbor “swimmable and fishable.”

I began my career in environmental stewardship as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member in in its inaugural year, later joining Chesapeake Bay Foundation as a full-time employee working in agricultural and oyster restoration. For brief moment, I worked at LifeBridge Health, connecting communities in West Baltimore and Baltimore County to the services and health care options at Sinai and Northwest Hospitals.

I have a passion for raising awareness and inspiring others to be stewards of the land and water around the Chesapeake Bay. I love being out in nature, spending time with my family, read good books explore historical landmarks around the Bay watershed.