The Gulf of Mexico Alliance has hired Tracie Sempier to serve as its regional program manager. The position is a shared position between the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium’s (MASGC) Coastal Storms Program.

Sempier has been working as the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Storms Program outreach coordinator at MASGC since 2008. She has worked extensively with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance as part of its Coastal Community Resilience Priority Issue Team.

“This partnership makes sense because Tracie has been a very active part of our priority team on hazard resilience,” said Gulf of Mexico Alliance Executive Director Laura Bowie. “She will be able to bring her unique, hands-on outreach approach to other functions of the Alliance.”

Sempier continues to serve part-time as the Coastal Storms Program outreach coordinator for Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant.

“This shared position is mutually beneficial for Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance,” said LaDon Swann, director of Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant. “It allows an opportunity for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance to benefit from Sea Grant research while helping to deliver Sea Grant work to a broader group of people.”

As regional program manager, Sempier provides support to the priority issue teams, which are teams of professionals from across the Gulf who work on specific issues including water quality, habitat conservation and restoration, ecosystems integration and assessment, nutrients and nutrient impacts, coastal community resilience, and environmental education and outreach. She serves as a co-leader on a resilience benchmarking project that focus on ports, harbors and the oil and gas industry.

Sempier will continue to work out of the Sea Grant office in Ocean Springs at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab half of the time, and she will be based at the Gulf of Mexico Alliance office on Robinson Street in Ocean Springs the other half of the time.

Sempier can be reached at the Gulf Coast Research Lab at or 228-818-8829 or at the Gulf of Mexico Alliance office at or 228-215-1247.